Rams' relief efforts go beyond donation

Here's a day-brightener during the NFL lockout:

St. Louis Rams Adam Goldberg, Sam Bradford, James Laurinaitis, James Hall and Jason Brown joined NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith on a charter flight to meet with the tornado-affected citizens of Joplin, Mo.

Jim Henry of the Joplin Globe has the story.

Said Goldberg: "Being part of a community and a state, it’s all about giving back and making people smile. They are in desperate need of some smiles down here. We’re glad to bring them whatever happiness we can, whether it’s having fun with the kids or shake some hands and try to lift some spirits. Whether it’s signing an autograph for them, throwing the ball with them, playing Legos with them or giving them a pack of trading cards or just introducing them to the great Sam Bradford, we’re just really happy to be here."

The great Sam Bradford? Gotta love an offensive lineman having a little fun with his more glamorous teammate.

On a more serious note, Goldberg said the Rams had about 25 players seeking seats on the charter plane, but there wasn't enough room.

"We're going to need a 747 next time," Goldberg told the Globe, "but that shows the character of the guys on our team."

The Rams' organization is donating $25,000 to relief efforts.