LA Rams DE Michael Brockers posted a social media message to Rams Nation. But the NFL Rumors are spreading. Was this his farewell to the Rams?
The LA Rams fanbase received an unexpected message from long time defensive end Michael Brockers today, January 31, 2020. It was a message delivered from the heart from the player and the man to a fanbase who he has come to love and respect. NFL Rumors have already reported this as his farewell to the team. I fear that may be correct.
It was an emotional message, thoughtfully crafted as well as he has perfected his craft on the football field. And in one of the most touching messages, the man and the player set his top priority, thanking fans who have loved, cheered, and respected him for the past eight years. And this came from the man who just weeks earlier was quoted as hoping he would be back for next season. Those hopes appear to be dashed.
In his message, he touched base with memories of playing for the Rams and gave insight as to what made his time with the Rams special for him, and in so doing, special for us.
This is a classy move by a true professional and gentleman. Before the carnage of free agency runs the risk of ripping DE Michael Brockers from our roster and our lives, he paused and sent a message to his fans around the world.
A message of thanks. Delivered to fans not by himself alone, but by his wife Faith as well. A heartbreaking message which inevitably can only be translated one way.
He discussed his marriage, and fathering three children. He talked about making it to Super Bowl 53 as an LA Ram, which he described as a great experience. Through his narrative, he let “they” slip, but immediately corrected the pronoun to “we”.
But his most pointed and direct message? “We brought showtime back to LA“.
He then turned to the frustrations of the 2019 season, and not making it to the playoffs. That absence from post-season allowed him to reflect on his career and his life. That led to a thank you to the fans. And then “I WAS honored to be a Ram”.
For a moment, the Brockers family made the very business like NFL seem very family-like. For that moment, it was as though I was sharing cups of coffee with friends. A moment of humanity in an analytics driven world. A moment of selflessness in the face of profits and greed. The message was intended to be a moment of gratitude from the Brocker family to Rams fans everywhere. But, in the end, it sounded very much like a goodbye.
And the Rams will be that much poorer as a result.