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OXNARD, Calif.-- Point Loma High School standout and San Diego State Hall of Famer, La'Roi Glover, continues to make an impact in the NFL despite having retired nearly 8 years ago. In 2010, Glover accepted a roll with his former team, the Rams, placing the defensive tackle in a position to use his experience in the league to inspire current players to make the right decisions on and off the field.
"We like to say keep the main thing the main thing," said Glover.
In 2008, La'Roi Glover hung up his cleats and retired after a decorated professional career in the NFL. In Glover's 13 seasons , he went to six straight Pro Bowls, earned defensive player of the year, and was a 4-time All-Pro Selection. Though the work Glover does now with the Rams organization as the Director of Player Engagement might make a bigger impact than any hit he ever made on the playing field.
"I think in a nutshell I try to help our players make their transition from college football to professional football. Then from professional football to real life," said Glover.
Through workshops on family assistance, financial education, career development, and continuing education, Glover ensures Ram's players have all the tools needed to find success in all areas of their life, both on and off the field. A job that's easier said then done, especially in a league dealing with an influx of cases of substance abuse and domestic violence.
"Whenever you are dealing with human beings you have to take the good with the bad," said Glover. " We are not at the point now where we are dealing with complete robots. We are still humans. Humans do make mistakes. Hopefully they are not life threatening mistakes and they are mistakes they can recover from."
The former Point Loma High School standout says having played in the NFL adds to the experience and credibility of his message, but he believes his people skills help him make the biggest impact with the players.
"Being a good person. Being humble. Humble enough to share. Humble enough to be a big brother at times. Being humble enough if it takes a confrontation at times," said Glover.
One of Glovers biggest tasks included helping the Rams transition smoothly from St. Louis to the bright lights of Hollywood.
"I think the transition has gone pretty smoothly," said Glover. " It's really just keeping the things focused on football. There are a lot of things going on in a newer market and newer city, but always keep the main thing the main thing. We are here to win a championship and keep that the focus"