Their rings won’t be with stars, they can cash out their championship bonus checks, and they will go down in football history as Super Cup winners.
But Tyler Higby and Jordan Fuller are different.
It’s not easy to be the two starting Rams starting teams that missed the LVI Super Cup win over the Cincinnati Bengals due to injuries.
“Yeah, I’ve been in a dark place there for a few weeks,” said Higby, a tight ending who suffered a knee injury. “But getting the ring did better. We are fine now. “
“Sometimes I was emotional,” said Fuller, a security officer who missed the entire postseason due to an ankle injury. “It was hard to see that everyone was celebrating and you weren’t there.”
This feeling gives Higby and Fuller a little extra drive as the Rams prepare to start work in the off-season next week with the start of organized teamwork.
“I think we need to get back so I can play in one this year because I missed it,” said Higby, who did play in the Rams ’Super Bowl LIII defeat of the New England Patriots after the 2018 season.
“I’m definitely motivated to go back there,” said Fuller, who was team captain and defensive signal in his second NFL season.
But turning this into motivation does not erase frustration.
The 29-year-old Higby, who is now the longest-serving Rams player (six seasons), with the exception of Aaron Donald’s defensive selection and Rob Havenstein’s right-hand selection, was second in the admissions team (61) after Cooper Kupp in 2021. But in 2021 he got a sprained knee victory in the NFC championship over the “San Francisco 49ers” and fell into the reserve with injuries before the Super Cup.
Although he was on the sidelines at SoFi Stadium and could give advice to young tight Brysen Hopkins and Kendall Blunton, it wasn’t what he wanted.
“It was hard for me because I couldn’t go out and show the world the work I put in,” Higby said Tuesday from the Rams ’Thousand Oaks training center in a Zoom chat with Los Angeles reporters. “But the people in this building know the work I put in and what I contributed to the team last season.”
The 24-year-old Fuller led the Rams in the qualifiers (113) and made an interception that changed the game in a win at the end of the season over the Baltimore Ravens. But an ankle injury in the fourth quarter defeat by the 49ers in the regular season finale sent him to the IR.
On crutches after the operation, Fuller watched from his couch the playoffs and the celebration of the Super Cup at the SoFi Stadium.
“You’re not quite sure if they’re thinking about you at the moment,” Fuller told Zoom on Tuesday. “(Teammates and coaches) approached me and said, ‘You know you’re as much a part of this as before.'”
Higby, who also underwent surgery, returned to the field during off-season training, but Fuller’s rehabilitation will take a little longer.
The Rams begin organized team events on Monday, with six days of OTA spread over two weeks. The obligatory mini-camp is scheduled for June 7-9.
Higbee sees no danger for players to relax after winning the Super Cup.
“I understand how things can be different, but I think we have the right guys, the right leadership, the right coaching staff in this building, that we always want to be the best,” Higby said. “If you want to be great, you have to attack every day and have that kind of thinking, without complacency.
“Again, I didn’t play in the Super Cup last year, so I want to come back,” he said. “I want to play in that and win another one.”
Fuller received a degree in Ohio in business administration and went through graduation ceremonies on Mother’s Day. “I thought I could finish what I started, I’ve already put so much work into it,” said Fuller, who stayed around for a semester when he was drafted by Rams in 2020. “It was very nice to be able to do it with my family, seeing that they are proud.” … Assigned numbers on the Reims Draft T-shirt. Guard Logan Bruce will dress 60, cornerback Decoby Durant 14, back-back Kairen Williams 23, security quarterback Quentin Lake 37, cornerback Daryon Kendrick 6, outside linebacker Daniel Hardy 44, security Russ Yeast 44 and fight AJ Argua. rooms other than Kendrick, Yeast and Arcura. Kendrick № 6 wore Johnny Hacker 10 years before his release in March. … The Rams have announced that they have dropped five players who have recently signed up as newcomers without a draft: wide-ranging receiver Lance McCutchen, tight end Roger Carter, linebacker Andrzej Hughes-Murray and defenders TJ Carter and Daniel Eis.
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