Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Pair of Rams will play together in Pro Bowl
By Nick Wagoner
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams have just two representatives in Hawaii for Sunday's Pro Bowl but defensive end Robert Quinn did his part to ensure that punter Johnny Hekker will remain his teammate even in the exhibition game.
As one of two captains along with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees for Team Jerry Rice, Quinn & Co. drafted Hekker for Rice's squad in the first half of the televised draft Tuesday night.
The always-entertaining Hekker had been making jokes all week about how this would be his first time being drafted for anything affiliated with the NFL. The Rams signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon State in 2012.
Hekker took to Twitter to share his pride in being drafted Tuesday night.
The Rams' official Twitter account even got in on the act before the Pro Bowl draft took place.
Of course, for those not paying attention, the #DraftJohnny hashtag drew the anti-Sam Bradford crowd. While Rams fans like to joke that Hekker is the "real" Johnny Football, that idea was lost on plenty of fans thinking the Rams were teasing them with the idea of drafting Johnny Manziel in May.
In drafting Hekker, Team Rice did get more than just the punter who set the league record for net punting in 2013. Hekker is a former quarterback who took his share of snaps as the scout team quarterback for the Rams during the season. Perhaps those hoping to see a Ram named Johnny playing quarterback will get the chance to do so via some sort of trick play during Sunday's Pro Bowl.