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St. Louis Rams spend Labor Day at Raw
ST. LOUIS -- With the NFL regular season just days away, some members of the St. Louis Rams enjoyed Labor Day at Monday Night Raw live. Before experiencing the spectacle in front of a sold-out crowd at Scottrade Center, the athletes met World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk and St. Louis' native son, Randy Orton. Check out exclusive photos...
"I've been to about four or five different shows, and whenever they're in the same town that I'm in, I make it a priority to go. It's great," said Rams defensive tackle La'Roi Glover, a six-time NFL Pro-Bowler. "We had the privilege of meeting some of the Superstars. It's very exciting to be here. We're going to enjoy this experience and get the most out of it."
The Rams are looking to regroup this season and make a strong push to win the NFC's Western Division. The "best show on turf" opens the season next Sunday at Philadelphia. On this night, however, the gridiron warriors took a break to soak up the WWE fun. Attending Raw live gave them the opportunity to relive a portion of their youth.
"I was a huge wrestling fan growing up. I keep up with all my WrestleMania events. It's good to be here. You get to see wrestling come full-circle, because it's not the same as it was back in the day. [Sports-entertainment] has evolved," said former NFL Pro-Bowler, strong safety Corey Chavous.
The 1999 NFL Super Bowl Champions named WWE Hall of Famers Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Junkyard Dog, Bob Backlund and WWE Legends Jake " The Snake" Roberts, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, The Great Muta, and The Road Warriors as their all-time favorites. Also, they mentioned The Straightedge Superstar, Randy Orton, Edge and Undertaker as a few of their current favorites.
"I actually thought that The Rock and ‘Stone Cold' Steve Austin brought wrestling to the forefront, but I think the No. 1 showstopper still is Undertaker," Chavous said.
During the show, WWE cameras spotlighted the Rams players for the live audience and those watching at home on USA Network. In the end, the players left the Scottrade Center blown away by their WWE experience. Four-time All-Pro Glover, a former high school wrestling standout, sees the difference in sports-entertainment and the NFL.
"The obvious difference is that we've got pads on and they don't. These guys travel every day and wrestle sometimes three times a week, which is amazing. We play once a week," said the Rams 2007 Walter Peyton Man of the Year award recipient. "I'm all about the show. I enjoy the pyrotechnics. The relationship the Superstars have with the fans is second to none."