- With the good news that two Rams, including the first “St. Louis” Ram in Marshall Faulk and Les Richter were elected to the Hall of Fame Class of 2011 over the weekend, Rams chairman and owner Stan Kroenke took a moment to share his thoughts. He was joined by others in the front office including coach Steve Spagnuolo and GM Billy Devaney.
– Below is a transcript of their appreciation for Faulk followed by Richter.
– “I cannot think of a more deserving person for this honor. Marshall Faulk epitomizes what all football players should aspire to in sport and in life. He was a champion on the fi eld and a leader in the community. He represented the St. Louis Rams and our fans in a firstclass manner from Day 1. He accomplished things on the fi eld that no one before or since has achieved in the storied history of the National Football League. It was a privilege to watch him play and an even greater honor to know him.” – Rams Owner/Chairman E.
– “Marshall is a valued friend to our family, and his records and achievements on the fi eld speak for themselves. Marshall was a one of a kind, spectacular football player who means so much to the Rams organization and the St. Louis community. Our mother adored Marshall, one of the last things she did as the Rams owner was to retire his number so nobody on the Rams would ever wear No. 28 again. Watching Marshall play created countless great memories for our family. It is worth noting that Marshall’s fi rst season in St. Louis produced
the Rams’ first Super Bowl victory. He ushered in the era of the St. Louis Rams and it is fi tting that he is the first St. Louis Ram to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Marshall.” – Rams Owners Chip and Lucia Rosenbloom
– “We are extremely excited for Marshall and his family. What a tremendous honor for a tremendous football player. He was a special talent who made every player around him better. He was and continues to be a proud part of the St. Louis Rams tradition. Our congratulations to him and his family.” – Rams Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo
– “Marshall Faulk is one of the greatest running backs in the history of the game. I was part of teams that competed against him throughout his career and he was one of the smartest and most competitive players I have seen. It is an honor that he has more than earned, and the entire Rams organization is truly happy for him.” – Rams General Manager Billy Devaney
– The Rams also released a statement congratulating Richter on his election.
– “The Rams are extremely proud that Les Ricther has received the highest individual honor possible for a professional football player. Richter played at a time when the game was rapidly changing, and he was ahead of the curve. Les was the definition of a team player, as evident by the many roles he held during his illustrious career with the Rams. In addition
to being one of the top linebackers of his era, he saw action on the offensive line and spent time as the team’s kicker and long snapper. We are pleased that Les receives such well-deserved recognition and congratulate the Richter family on this honor.” – St. Louis Rams Organization
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