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Vitt: Montgomery deserves the credit for "Gladiator" idea
By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Tuesday, Nov. 01 2005
A movie buff, he's not. In the truth-be-told category, interim head coach Joe
Vitt said it was not his idea to show film clips from the movie "Gladiator" to
the Rams last Saturday.
"The last movie I saw was 'Godfather III,' and that's the truth," Vitt said.
"I'm just not a movie guy. Wilbert Montgomery brought ('Gladiator') to me last
Wednesday. He had kind of cut the thing up and put it together."
Montgomery is the Rams' running backs coach.
"We're always looking for things to kind of motivate our guys on Saturday,"
Vitt said. "The week before it was the Jimmy Valvano tape. Our guys really
(That tape was of Valvano's emotional "never give up" speech at the 1993 ESPY
awards, shortly before the former North Carolina State basketball coach died of
"And our guys liked ('Gladiator') this Saturday," Vitt said. "It's a shorter
practice on Saturday. You're looking for things to get their mind right for the
game the next day."
Movie buff or not, Vitt later confessed that he has seen "Animal House" "six or
After missing two games following the shooting death of his brother, Jermaine,
on Oct. 17, defensive end Leonard Little is back in St. Louis. He met with Rams
Jackson's 179-yard game Sunday was the third-highest rushing performance in the
NFL this season. ... Since the move to St. Louis in 1995, the Rams are 37-0
when they have a rusher gain at least 100 yards. ... QB Jamie Martin's 83-yard
touchdown pass to Kevin Curtis was the longest completion of his NFL career,
and the longest reception of Curtis' career.
Re: Vitt: Montgomery deserves the credit for "Gladiator" ideaSince the move to St. Louis in 1995, the Rams are 37-0
when they have a rusher gain at least 100 yards. ...