The Post-Dispatch has a nice article up courtesy Jim Thomas, who's apparently been visiting unsigned DE Leonard Little in the undisclosed location in which he's been training for a possible 13th season.â†µ
There's little left to mull from a football stance; the Rams could use him, but he's probably not the difference between a 1-15 repeat and a season in the black. So much of the article comes down to the personal problems that have kept Little from reaping the benefits expected of the last 1999 Ram Standing, namely his 1998 conviction for involuntary manslaughter.â†µ
"There's people that want me to come back and there's a lot of people that don't want me to come back because I made some bad decisions in my career. And that's understandable."â†µ
Little was referring to the drunken-driving fatality he was responsible for in 1998, during his rookie season in the NFL. Little pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Susan Gutweiler of Oakville on Oct. 19 - Little's 24th birthday.â†µ
"I did apologize (to the family) after I got sentenced," Little said. "And tried to express my remorse to them. I'm going to always be apologetic, and I'm always going to think about that. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about that. ... But I know a lot of Rams fans don't want me around because of that.â†µ
He's right—I still feel sketchy about having Leonard Little around, although I realize, by now, that some of my anger comes from the comical sentencing he got. I'll always be glad to see the Rams made better, but it seems like a shame that I have to have such negative feelings about one of the last remaining pieces from my favorite football team ever.