This article is a little different than my usual defensive slant on the Rams.
In 1973 when I was in 8th grade in Dayton Ohio, a new kid moved to town. My friends and I were playing football one Saturday when the new kid showed up on his bike. He watched us play for a while and then followed us home.
We began to talk about music, sports etc... the typical things that 13 year old boys talk about. During the conversation we both found out that our favorite Pro team was the Rams. What a great thing to have in common especially in Ohio. We instantly became friends.
When we played pick up football games in high school and even later in life, we took on the names of our favorite Ram. He was Jack Youngblood and I was Nolan Cromwell.
When the Rams moved from L.A. we started to go to St. Louis every year with other friends for at least one game. I got a hold of two tickets for the NFC championship game the year the Rams won the Superbowl and I knew exactly who I was going to take. We loved the city of St. Louis, the people and the fans as well as staying at Lacledes Landing.
Every year we went made us feel like we were 13 again.
My good friend, David Gregory Lewber passed away on 6-28-07. He was buried in his autographed Jack Youngblood jersey on 7-3-07.
My friends and I are still planning to go this year to a game, but it will be different since Dave won't be with us.
A true Rams fan is gone.