(FootballStL) -- The signing of free agent Matt Giordano by the Rams in the offseason didn’t garner a lot of attention. He figured to be a back-up safety and see limited action behind rookie TJ McDonald.
But when McDonald went down with a broken leg in the San Francisco game, Giordano’s role was expanded. “You can practice all you want, or you can get the mental reps, but you don’t get that in so you get the physical reps,” said Giordano. “That’s what I’m thinking right now as I get playing time on the defense is to get physical reps, still fight off that rust, and keep going.”
On Sunday against Jacksonville, Giordano officially introduced himself to Rams fans with an 82 yard interception return for a touchdown. It came with the Rams trailing the woeful Jaguars, and St. Louis fans getting restless.
“It definitely was a play I felt like we needed as a team,” said Giordano. “We just needed to get a spark going, and I’m thankful enough that I was the one to spark it off. Again, there’s ten other guys on that field so I can’t take any credit. They did their job blocking after I caught the ball. It was a great team execution play.”
Giordano’s touchdown was the first score for the Rams defense this season.
Now in his 9th season in the league, Giordano brings experience and leadership to the Rams secondary. He won a championship ring with the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI. He also played with Green Bay, Atlanta, New Orleans and Oakland.
He knows the difference between a contender and pretender, and says he thinks the Rams have legitimate chance to get back into the race in the NFC West after Sunday’s win. “Any victory in the NFL is great. It just takes a snowflake to start an avalanche so hopefully we can keep this thing going.”
Giordano comes from an athletic family. His great-grandfather is Italian born Ralph Giordano, also known as “Young Corbett III”, who was a world welterweight boxing champion in 1933.