Over the last half-decade, there have only been a handful of bright spots in St. Louis. Steven Jackson was one of the few that maintained our interest on a yearly basis, battling to break the 1,000 barrier each year, well after the Rams had been eliminated from the playoffs. Chris Long was a bright spot on the defense, keeping at least one Ram defender in the discussion for the Pro Bowl on a yearly basis. Even Sam Bradford was a shining light, when healthy, nearly taking a lowly 2-14 squad into the playoffs in his rookie season; the closest the Rams have been since 2010. Danny Amendola could also be listed among those names, as Sam Bradford’s lone, “consistent” receiver, prior to him skating off to New England last offseason.
However, as we all witnessed, Amendola’s consistency was not restricted to on-the-field play. He was also consistently injured, playing in only 12 games in his last two season with St. Louis. The scrappy, former-practice squad receiver rightfully earned labels like “fragile” and “injury prone.” But, don’t tell him that…
Adam Jones, the host of WBZ-FM’s “The Adam Jones Show,” found that out the hard way during an interview with Amendola this week. The transcribed version, via Marc Sessler, went something like this…
“[Being labeled as injury prone is] not something I really think about,” Amendola said.
Instead of moving on, Jones doubled down.
“You’ve been described as ‘unlucky’ with some of your injuries,” Jones said. “We all remember that clavicle injury that you suffered as a member of the St. Louis Rams, and I remember a hit that you took a year against the –”
That was the end of the interview.
While it may not be equivalent to the Jim Rome vs. Jim Everett mishap, it should serve as a reminder that
some most athletes do not like to be pressed on uncomfortable topics, especially when they are volunteering their time. I guess we now know what buttons not to push with Danny Amendola.