November 6, 2016


Rams players gain perspective after meeting families of fallen service members (Gary Klein, 11/05/16, Los Angeles Time)

Orlando Salazar described it as the best day ever.

Lucas McCaddon said it made him happy and proud.

The two boys, ages 11 and 10, were among more than 100 people in attendance at the Rams training facility on Saturday for an opportunity to meet players and honor and share stories about loved ones who had died in service to the United States.

As part of the NFL's Salute to Service initiative, the Rams coordinated with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) so that families could attend a walk-through in preparation for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers at the Coliseum.

At the conclusion of the light workout, each player met with a family and received a photo button of their fallen service member. On Sunday, players will wear a decal with the initials of that person on their helmets, and families will help light the torch at the Coliseum.

Rookie quarterback Jared Goff, 22, will honor Israel Garcia, who died in 2008 at age 24 in Afghanistan.

"It was really eye-opening and special to meet [the family]," Goff said. "Most of the people that are lost are around my age.... The situation I'm in, I'm very thankful to be in it.

"It really puts life in perspective."

Posted by at November 6, 2016 10:49 AM


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