ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Chris Carpenter, Tony La Russa and the World Series champion Cardinals are drawing huge cheers at the NFL game between the St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints.
About a dozen Cardinals showed up at the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday. They got a long standing ovation when they were introduced early in the first quarter, and waved to the crowd from the end zone.
Carpenter wore the jersey of star running back Steven Jackson when he went to midfield for the coin toss. Carpenter beat Texas in Game 7 on Friday night.
La Russa sported the jersey of injured quarterback Sam Bradford. The manager was joined by Matt Holliday, Kyle Lohse and several other Cardinals.
The Cardinals' victory parade was to be held later in the day and finish up a few blocks away at Busch Stadium.