Tuesday was an emotional day for the NFL, specifically for St. Louis. The NFL announced the Rams will swap the Gateway Arch for the Hollywood Billboard.
Reaction from past and present Rams was mixed. Eric Dickerson, who starred in the 1980s for the Rams during their previous Los Angeles stint, voiced approval.
Welcome Home! #LARams2016
— Eric Dickerson (@EricDickerson) January 13, 2016
Many Rams from the St. Louis chapter voiced disappointment. The 1999-2001 "Greatest Show on Turf" included perhaps the most exciting era in franchise history.
Want to send a shout out to all the awesome @STLouisRams fans in the LOU... You made my time there extremely special & we'll never 4get You!
— Kurt Warner (@kurt13warner) January 13, 2016
— Torry Holt (@BigGame81) January 13, 2016
Thank you, St. Louis!!! pic.twitter.com/sSapsxqWpg
— Isaac Bruce (@IsaacBruce80) January 13, 2016
— Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) January 13, 2016
Former #STLRams coach Dick Vermeil : "StL deserves NFL, if not Rams..somebody else..already had 1 team taken, proved they can support team"
— Andy Banker (@andybankertv) January 13, 2016
— Ricky Proehl (@RickyProehl) January 13, 2016
The general vibe from current players is to thank the fans in St. Louis, while putting an optimistic outlook on the Southern California move.
Humbly, eternally gratefully: Thank you St. Louis. I'm sorry we fell short the past 8 years. You treated me like family anyways. I love yall
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) January 13, 2016
— James Laurinaitis (@JLaurinaitis55) January 13, 2016
— Robert Quinn (@RQuinn94) January 13, 2016
#thereturn it's official!!! Appreciate the support and love we got here in stl. Def will miss this place. Now it's time for a fresh start!!!
— Alec ogletree (@B_easy_uga9) January 13, 2016
Akeem Ayers, who went to high school at Los Angeles' Verbum Dei and college at UCLA, was one of the most positive players.
Coming Back Home To Play Football Professionally Where It All Started. Verbum Dei HS To UCLA Now Los Angeles Rams. #LARams
— AKEEM AYERS (@Akeem_Ayers) January 13, 2016
The Rams intend to play in a new stadium in Inglewood by 2019. Until then, the team will use a temporary home stadium, likely the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The franchise called the venue home from 1946-1979.