– Chris Massey went out like he came in, like he’d been for the majority of his nearly decade of service to the Rams: with pure class.
– Massey was released on Monday after nine years with the team but before he left he informed the man who beat him out for his job – rookie Jake McQuaide – that he had won the job, congratulated him and headed out.
– The Rams drafted Massey in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft. Looking back now, it was probably one of the better draft picks of that era (for whatever that’s worth). But Massey immediately endeared himself to coaches and teammates with his laid back style off the field and intense and focused attitude on it.
– Massey was one of the hardest working long snappers you’ll ever see. He was an absolute beast in the weight room, regularly registering lifting records that placed him even with or above the biggest and strongest linemen. He was a diligent student in the classroom as he’d be off the practice field and in the film room watching that day’s practice within minutes of the end of the workout.
– What it translated to was a player who was immensely prepared for what he had to do on Sundays and one of the best in the league at his craft. Massey had just one botched snap in his career, an astonishing number when you consider that he snapped a football 1,051 times in his 135 games with the Rams.
– In addition, Massey was particularly adept at getting down the field and making tackles. He had 47 tackles in his years with the Rams, a pretty high number for a guy who was getting walloped most of the time as soon as he snapped the ball.
– Massey was well liked by his teammates and coaches and everyone wished him luck upon his departured. He still has plenty of snaps left in him and I’m sure he’ll land somewhere else. But I wanted to take a moment to salute him for what his dedication to the franchise has meant over the years and wish him well in the future. Best of luck, Mass.
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