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Spirit of the Celebrated

Things don’t always come in our time. As a fan we want our team to be great. We want it now. But titles or greatness don’t always come via the effort of our team or from the desire of the fans.

Take Deacon Jones. His professional career with the Rams began in 1961. During his first three years the Rams won a total of 9 games. The next 2 years another 9 games. Think about anything you have done for 5 years. Think about anything you’ve done for 5 years that amounted to an abysmal failure. It’s tough to move forward. It is super easy for those outside the bubble to give up. But it also takes a toll on the spirit of the celebrated. It takes a toll on the athlete who feels greatness deep inside.

It has been 5 years since Marc Bulger has had a winning season. Most of us want his head on a platter. But what do we expect to happen in year 6? Year 6 for Deacon Jones brought the first winning season for the then Los Angeles Rams in 10 years. The Rams would go on and achieve winning seasons for the next 14 out of 15 years. Year six would also see Jones going to the Pro Bowl.

There he would mingle with other NFL greats for the next 5 straight years (Jones went to the Pro Bowl in 1964 and 1965 also for a total of 7 straight Pro Bowl nods with the Rams. Toss in 1 more with the Chargers for a career total of 8 Pro Bowl selections.).

So to the now St Louis Rams… to Marc Bulger… don’t give up. Let’s focus on year 6.

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