It’s with a heavy heart we got the news that Micheal Brockers officially signed a 3-year contract worth roughly $30 million with the Baltimore Ravens. As much as it pains me to see him go, I am happy that a guy I have watched over the last eight years grow and develop into one of the better defensive linemen in the game.
Brockers’s career numbers are what you would expect of a quality interior defensive linemen. He has racked up 229 solo tackles, 115 assisted tackles and 43 tackles for a loss. Which aren’t eye popping numbers, but they are efficient for an interior defensive linemen.
When Brockers was drafted in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, people weren’t sure what to expect. This was no fault of Brockers, but the organization that drafted him. The Brockers pick ushered in the new era of the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. Brockers was the first pick of the Les Snead and Jeff Fisher era, which was a sign of hope for long time Ram fans. He played through the entire Fisher tenure, but he was able to stay the course and earn a second contract after his initial rookie deal.
As the years went by, the Rams added Aaron Donald, and Brockers’s role on the team was a bit in flux. He wasn’t the top defensive linemen on the roster and then when the franchise moved to L.A., he seemed to fade into the background. So what warranted him a roster spot as the Rams beefed up their defensive line?
What Brockers brought to the table aside from his consistent play is his leadership qualities. He was a team captain over the last two seasons and it shows why. When the Rams showcase his speeches before games or when he’s mic’d up on the sidelines, he spoke with such conviction and passion. It’s not difficult to see why the team voted Brockers a team leader. He brought a perspective of the game that was intense, but somewhat emotional at the same time. There was always one consistent theme throughout all of his speeches and that was playing for your “brothers.” When a seasoned veteran speaks of the values of working as a team it resonates with everyone in the huddle.
As sad as I am to see him go, I am so happy to see what his future has in store for him. He is a player we, as Rams fans, got the chance to see grow and mature as both a player and a man. We essentially received an opportunity to see a special player become beyond just a player. Brockers became a special person in his community, within his own family and within the Rams organization.
I just want to say thank you to Michael Brockers and that it was a great honor and privilege to watch him play as unselfishly as he did. Baltimore nabbed a good player. See ya later No. 90, its been real.