Orlando Pace may be a product of Ohio — born in the Buckeye State and a proud alum of Ohio State — but it is the city of St. Louis that he thanks most for his professional career. The offensive lineman after all won his only Super Bowl ring playing for the Rams in 2000, when the St. Louis squad beat the Tennessee Titans 23-16 (remember the infamous one-yard-short play?).
However, the NFL would like you to conveniently forget that Pace gave a warm-hearted shout out to the Gateway City during his Hall of Fame speech yesterday, considering the league just moved the beloved Rams franchise out to Los Angeles. The money surrounding the move is astronomical — the new stadium going up in Inglewood will cost $2.6 billion to be exact — and the Rams move westward is front and center for the critically-acclaimed Hard Knocks series set to debut tomorrow.
Pace thanked St. Louis yesterday in Canton, Ohio during his HoF speech, saying, “To the St. Louis Rams fans.. I’m so proud to say we brought that city a championship. Thank you for the support you gave us during that run, no one can ever take that away from you. Thank you.” The original unedited segment appears below as it aired in live broadcast on NFL Network Sunday afternoon:
However, people were quick to notice that when the NFL uploaded Pace’s entire speech onto YouTube Sunday night, the reference to the city of St. Louis — and notably, its fans — was conveniently and stealthily edited out.
The quarterback for that championship run in St. Louis — Kurt Warner, the man who Pace defended on the blind side — was also in attendance as a NFL Network analyst. Is this a slight to the people of St. Louis, and the fans who rallied around a franchise from 1995-2015? Apparently — and laughably — not, according to the NFL. A spokesperson told the website For The Win that the uploaded version was a “technical error,” and that the full version of the speech will be uploaded to YouTube shortly.
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