While the LA Rams may not be competing in the NFC Conference Championship game, some former Rams players are stepping onto the football field for the right to play in Super Bowl LVIII. Some Rams fans tear their garbs over the fates of players who are no longer wearing the Horns and playing for the Rams. But, is that truly fair?
I understand the rules of fandom, and anyone who is not playing for the LA Rams is eventually an opposing player. But the fates of those players were not self-determined. When it came to where young quarterback Jared Goff would play, his performance in 2023 for the Detroit Lions was authored by the tumultuous trading of Rams GM Les Snead and new Detroit Lions GM Brad Holmes.
It was the Rams' earnest desire to land veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford that packaged Goff and three valuable draft picks to the Lions. And it was Holmes's intimate knowledge of Goff that made the trade the highest value one on the table for the Lions. In the end, the Rams initiated the transaction, but it was Goff who had to pack his bags and learn the offense of a new system.
This is not a pity party for former Rams players who are competing in the NFL Conference Championship games. It's simply an article that intends to illustrate the interconnection between NFL teams. After all, we know that the Rams had benefited from the contributions of former San Francisco 49ers DB Ahkello Witherspoon, and former Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson.
The door swings both ways. Which former LA Rams players are competing on the rosters of the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, and Detroit Lions? Let's find out.