When you think of the Los Angeles Rams’ rosters over the past decade, names like Aaron Donald, Todd Gurley, Cooper Kupp, James Laurinaitis, and Chris Long will undoubtedly come to mind. And all of those players are worthy of that recognition. However there are a few unsung heroes that were vital to the success of those teams; one of those was defensive lineman Michael Brockers.
The Los Angeles Rams traded Brockers to the Detroit Lions on Tuesday evening as the two sides were unable to restructure his contract.
Brockers was drafted by the Rams in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was the first selection made by new general manager Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher. He has been a player who has quietly lived up to his draft selection through consistency, dedication and hard work.
In his introduction to the league, Brockers posted 63 tackles which led defensive linemen despite missing three games. Brockers would then go on to play in 125 of his next 128 games of his career averaging 39.6 tackles per season.
Brockers has proven to be a staple on Les Snead’s roster since being drafted and his value is not necessarily in numbers that will jump off of the stat sheet, but in consistency and leadership that is mostly seen within the walls of the organization.
At the age of 30, Brockers posted five sacks which were the second-most in his career and 51 combined tackles. Despite being underrated and possible forgotten, he proved that he still had a large role on the league’s top defense.
Brockers has also been extremely active off the field in both communities he has resided in since entering the NFL. He started the Brockers Youth Foundation in 2018 to “support underserved youth organizations with additional resources to help all kids fulfill their dreams and exceed their potential.”
Brockers has also participated in events like Make-A-Wish Celebrity Server dinner, Motion for Kids Holiday Party Chair, Defensive Line Paintball Tournament to benefit St. Patrick Center and the All-Community Team Ticket program – Brockers’ Show Stoppers.
In 2020, the Los Angeles Rams had the third youngest roster in the NFL. A veteran presence like Brockers provided a lot of value. Brockers was the oldest player on the Rams defense. That’s a veteran and leadership presence that the Rams will certainly miss.
For the first time in his career, Brockers will put on a uniform and helmet without horns. Thank you Michael Brockers for all of the memories.