(Rams Jeopardy Trophy)
My first NFL training camp has come and gone. There has been so much that has happened in one month and it has been an awesome, stressful, fun, and tiresome experience as a rookie. Coming off our second preseason loss, we came back focused and determined to get better this week. The preseason is coming to a close and the intensity is picking up. Mistakes are no longer tolerable and the cuts are just around the corner. We started the week with some hard practices, and we had to face the heat and humidity for the first time this year. As lucky as we have been with the weather so far, the heat hit us hard and we had to push through fatigue and fight through to stay mentally sharp. A great compliment to a hard day is competition and even a little fighting to let out the steam! Things got a little chippy, which always makes the practice a little more fun and exciting. As camp broke, we had a few end of training camp rituals that we got the chance to participate in.
At the end of practice Wednesday, we set up for a shuttle race and the rookies were put in teams. Then we were told it was a dizzy bat relay... lol well once I heard the rules I knew the fans were in for quite a treat. We were to run a football 20 yards, drop it as we ran 20 more yards where there was a bat. Then grab the bat and do 25 turns with it on your head and the end touching the ground. Finally, run back to grab the ball and finish the race! At least that was the goal... I made it about half way through my 20 turns and fell to the ground already dizzy. We were also getting ice water dumped on us at the same time which didn't help our footing. I only fell once on my relay but us rookies were looked like bumbling fools falling all over the place and running sideways trying to get back to the football. The fans and the veterans had fun watching this one. Another ritual is Rams Jeopardy which was run by Coach Fassel. The veterans have held the trophy (shown above) since the existence of the game. We were broken into three teams by experience: veterans, mid range, and rookies. It was put together well with many of the features of the actual show which made the game competitive. Some of the categories were: historical football plays, movies, music, animals, monuments, and name that teammate (baby pictures). The rookies started out strong and continued to dominate the game all the way through. At the end of the board, we were in the lead heading into final jeopardy. Deciding to bet all of our money to guarantee a win, we received the final question: How many pro teams (big 4 sports) play their home games in the state of New York? Comment below if you know the answer! In the end we got the question wrong and the mid range experience players won the trophy. A fun end a great training camp.
I will miss seeing the fans at the practice, and even more the case my wife will miss coming to watch. She really enjoyed getting to watch each day and get to know the Rams family. As camp breaks we get to stay at home now, but that comfort is countered with the stress of knowing cuts are next week. This is a big game for all the players on the bubble and we must make our limited reps count. Headed to Denver!
-Student of the Game