My ninth response was from Eddie Meador, linebacking great for the Rams, who played from 1959-70. Meador, in his day, was labeled a smart, aggressive, and instinctive player, as well as versatile, playing in Pro Bowls as both backfield positions, and still to this day holds Rams records in career interceptions and blocked punts 44 years after his retirement. Meador has been overlooked by the Hall of Fame for decades, mainly because of the fact that the Hall looked at safeties on a very seldom basis for years. However, with the recent HOF senior inductee inclusions of legendary safeties Kenny Easley, Cliff Harris, Bobby Dillon, and Johnny Robinson, it is believed that Meador’s turn for induction will come soon.
Meador may have been the only player who responded in the Gratitude to Greats project who wished the best to my family as well. I went on to donate to Mr. Meador’s birthday fundraiser to Wounded Warrior Project, helping our veterans!
I would like to give a shout out to Wounded Warrior. You can help our veterans by going to https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/