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    Corey Chavous mentors, cooks for his young teammates

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Thursday, Aug. 16 2007

    When he talks, teammates listen. And when he cooks, most everybody heads to his
    place.

    When the Rams signed Corey Chavous to a free-agent contract in March 2006, it
    was as much for the impact he would have on those around him as for his play on
    the field.

    The Rams haven't been cheated on either score. Chavous was his usual solid self
    at strong safety last season, finishing second on the team in tackles (116),
    with a sack, an interception, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.

    Beyond that, the player known as "CoChav" provides food for thought — and food
    for consumption — for his teammates.

    "I've been around Corey for five of his 10 years (in the NFL)," coach Scott
    Linehan said. "And one of the big reasons — not the only one, obviously — but
    one of the big reasons he's here is so that he can show people how to be a
    professional.

    "It's not just about playing and having talent. It's about working hard daily,
    studying the game, knowing everything you need to know inside and out. He's a
    great mentor for a young player who's got a lot of talent, but wants to learn
    from an older player. If you're smart in that locker room and you're in the
    secondary, you're going to gravitate to a guy like him."

    Gravitate they do.

    After a rocky first half to the 2006 season, free safety Oshiomogho "O.J."
    Atogwe gives much of the credit for his second-half surge in play to Chavous.

    "Being around a guy like that, you're just going to steal so much knowledge,
    and I guess, just so much veteran savvy from him," Atogwe said. "That's going
    to accelerate your progress on the field and off the field. So I definitely
    feel like Corey's presence has been paramount to my success."

    As he worked on his speed and quickness in the offseason, second-year wide
    receiver Marques Hagans said he picked up dietary and nutrition tips from
    Chavous.

    "How to eat square meals," Hagans said. "More meals a day, but less intake."

    Almost every Thursday during the spring, players met at Chavous' place in St.
    Charles for dinner, with Chavous doing the cooking.

    — Sometimes the evening included watching game film in a gridiron version of
    dinner and a movie.

    — Sometimes they would watch college highlight tapes of themselves made by
    Chavous, a "draftnik" who has worked as a TV draft analyst in the past. In
    fact, Hagans was invited over in part because Chavous wanted to show a
    highlight tape he made of Hagans' quarterbacking exploits at the University of
    Virginia — complete with a musical "sound track."

    "I mean, the man's amazing," Hagans said. "He does it all."

    — And sometimes they simply would watch live sports on TV, such as the NBA
    playoffs.

    "I live like three doors down from Corey," cornerback Tye Hill said. "Corey
    takes pretty good care of us. He cooks. And if I cook, I call him over. I can
    do a little something. But at Corey's, we'll be putting it down."

    Sometimes, it might be catfish, a little stir fry, corn on the cob. Or collard
    greens. Or lasagna.

    "Corey has a pretty good lasagna," Hill said. "He's almost up there with my
    mom."

    During the regular season and offseason, Chavous says he cooks for himself
    nearly every night. Having teammates over is a way to build camaraderie away
    from Rams Park.

    "Most of the defensive backs have been over," Chavous said. "Even the young
    guys came through earlier in the year. I haven't had them over in awhile, since
    we've been in camp. But a lot of guys on offense have been over, too."

    Even during the five-week break between the end of organized team activities
    and the start of training camp, Chavous invited defensive backfield teammates
    Atogwe and Ron Bartell to Arizona to work out with him and look at game tape.

    "I've always had more of an affinity for the younger players for whatever
    reason," Chavous said. "I tend to latch onto them because I know how important
    the young players are to winning a championship. And I know how important it is
    to make that transition (to the NFL).

    "The quicker we can acclimate them to the NFL environment, I think the better
    for our football team. So rather than be standoffish, I tend to look at it the
    other way. Let them come into the fold and get into the mix and make it happen."

    And enjoy a good, home-cooked meal or two along the way.


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    Re: Corey Chavous mentors, cooks for his young teammates

    RAMS Bash at Corey's house this year?


    Fahkir Brown should hang around with Corey!:r

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    Re: Corey Chavous mentors, cooks for his young teammates

    This is priceless ...

    For anyone who doubts Chavous' role on this team, or says he doesn't perform, read this article a few times ...

    This is what being a PROFESSIONAL is all about ...

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    Re: Corey Chavous mentors, cooks for his young teammates

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsInfiniti View Post
    This is priceless ...

    For anyone who doubts Chavous' role on this team, or says he doesn't perform, read this article a few times ...

    This is what being a PROFESSIONAL is all about ...
    Took the words from my mouth

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    RAMS Bash at Corey's house this year?


    Fahkir Brown should hang around with Corey!:r
    Definitely! Chef Corey

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    Re: Corey Chavous mentors, cooks for his young teammates

    Every team needs a player like that to build team spirit, and he's a pretty solid player still as well. All in all picking him up last year was a solid move, at least you knew this guy is going to make the tackle most of the time, unlike some others players on last years defense. And hey Corey, I'm still waiting for my invitation, I guess it must've got lost in the mail...right?

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    Re: Corey Chavous mentors, cooks for his young teammates

    I love reading articles like that. Pure class, bravo Chavous!


    Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams

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    Re: Corey Chavous mentors, cooks for his young teammates

    Corey is an extremely intelligent player (and person) having played at Vanderbilt. He once led the league in picks with the Vikings, and has long been one of my favorite players. I am glad that we have him, and he sounds like a future coach in the making. As others already said, he is a perfect teammate, on and off the football field.

    By the way: Thanks for another great article Wraith. For those that use the rep system, we all owe Wraith daily rep for his contributions to the Clan!

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    Re: Corey Chavous mentors, cooks for his young teammates

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce=GOAT View Post
    By the way: Thanks for another great article Wraith. For those that use the rep system, we all owe Wraith daily rep for his contributions to the Clan!
    Yes, one can always count on Wraith to gather Rams articles from all over ramdome. No need to look for these writings elsewhere - they're right here, hot off the press, fresh from the Internet.

    Much appreciated!

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