ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Leave it to one of the players who did a lot on the field for the now former St. Louis Rams and in the community here to say goodbye to fans here with class.
Punter Johnny Hekker, who has earned All-Pro status and has also been active in local charitable efforts to fight cancer, bid St. Louis supporters farewell in a Reddit post Thursday. In part it read:
“…many of you are caught with strong feelings of betrayal, hatred, and helplessness for what has become of the team so many of you know and love. I am deeply sorry for what has gone on and just wanted to let you know that from my teammates and myself, we are incredibly grateful for all of the support you have given us over the years. I know I will miss the dome and all of the blue and gold wearing inhabitants; you all are some of the best fans in football. Your support off of the field via social media, public interaction, overall engagement and inclusion of us into the St. Louis community was above and beyond anything we could have hoped for. I made many friends in St. Louis that I will miss dearly. The midwest will always have a special place in my heart and the gateway city is the one to thank. Although I could never embrace some STL traditions, (Imos and gooey butter cake) there are still many things that people in the lou have taught me, showed me, and let me experience that I will never forget.”
Hekker said he hoped the team could win back support from some fans here, even though he recognized that for some it would never happen.
After a Friday afternoon press conference/pep rally welcoming the Rams back to the Los Angeles market, Head Coach Jeff Fisher told ESPN that the move was bittersweet and recognized that fans in St. Louis “had no say in this,” and went through “a lot of tough times.”