Hall of Famer Jack Youngblood once urged the Rams to tap into more of their former players.
The team, having already added former safety Nolan Cromwell to coach receivers, moved in that direction again Wednesday by hiring retired defensive tackle La'Roi Glover as director of player programs. This is essentially a mentoring role. Former receiver Anthony Edwards holds a similar job with the Cardinals. Former safety Maurice Kelly plays the role in Seattle. Former NFL assistant coach Ty Knott handles the duties for the 49ers.
Glover went to six consecutive Pro Bowls while playing for the Saints and Cowboys before finishing his career with the Rams from 2006-2008. Glover earned a spot on the NFL's all-decade second team for the 2000s. He was at his best in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Glover's hiring with the Rams led me to suggest he was one of the "great" defensive tackles of his era. This stirred some discussion via Twitter and a suggestion that "great" can be an overused term. I responded by sharing what some former interior offensive linemen have told me about Glover relative to Warren Sapp, a first-team all-decade choice for the 2000s.
"Sapp had one move and he was good at it," one retired lineman said. "He lined up so wide and it was so much different than all the other three-technique guys. Glover would butt you in the chin and run over your ass, but he was so quick, he could take a side-angle on you. He had a move and a counter and a counter off that one."
Glover had 17.0 sacks in 2000 and 83.5 for his career.
"La'Roi was the consummate professional during his NFL career," Rams general manager Billy Devaney said in a statement announcing Glover's hiring. "We look forward to him using his knowledge and experiences to develop activities and programs that will be a benefit to the careers of our players."
Earlier: Glover shares his draft-day experiences as part of an ESPN.com feature on greatest draft classes since 1967.