Dante Fowler Jr. had his lifestyles uprooted in the midst of the 2018 season, but it has paid off in basically the most attention-grabbing method ability, with a time out to the Massive Bowl.
Throughout the lead-up to Massive Bowl LIII, Fowler, now a member of the Los Angeles Rams, reflected on how essential of a culture shift he experienced when he moved from Florida to California ahed of the 2018 trade closing date. In the midst of, he acknowledged how the Jaguars weren’t exactly silent about their credentials, at the same time as they fell from AFC contender to division cellar-dweller.
“[When rookie linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo began helping me] that is once I could per chance repeat all americans was once for one aim,” Fowler said, per The MMQB’s Robert Klemko. “I was once traded for, and there wasn’t an elephant in the room or the rest. I’m grateful to work with a crew of fellows like that. We have got a sort of megastar energy, guys with accolades, rings, Hall of Reputation credentials, but these guys are humble and so that they set all that on the assist of them. They withhold the most major ingredient. … It took me coming right here to love that we weren’t humble about it. Other teams had been hungrier than us.”
The starvation is what was once suspected to be a driver on the assist of the Jaguars, who would bludgeon you defensively and allow you to hear about it because the haymakers had been flying. They had been motivated because they had been bored with being the butt of AFC South-connected jokes, and it confirmed — till it did now not.
Jacksonville obtained off to a 3-1 originate, then proceeded to lose in matchups with five eventual playoff teams — Kansas City, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia and Indianapolis — and two extra opponents (Pittsburgh and Buffalo) sooner than sooner or later ending the drought with a 6-0 preserve over the Colts. Amid that roam, Fowler’s welcome had officially mature out. The defensive wreck who missed Week 1 due to the a suspension for a 2017 incident was once headed west, feeling entirely unappreciated.
“After I tore my ACL (sooner than my rookie season) I suspect like they gave up on me going into my next coaching camp,” Fowler said. “These three years I was once making an strive to show to them I was once a guy they would per chance belief, and I was once making an strive to be the guy they drafted me to be. However I never obtained a big ****** to originate a game. When or no longer it’s all said and carried out, I suspect like they gave up on me.”
The Rams completely love him. Fowler has been an affect player, turning round in eight-plus weeks with the Rams what looked as if it would be a disappointing profession. That effort saw its most up-to-date high-water designate in the largest subject: the NFC Championship Game, by which he forced Drew Brees, forcing a high pass that was once intercepted by John Johnson. That turnover led to Los Angeles’ game-profitable discipline aim.
While his ancient teammates with much less of an appetite sit at home with Massive Bowl celebration spreads in entrance of them, Fowler shall be on the discipline in Atlanta, ready to like.