With the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams set to face off in the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta on Feb. 3, the joke among some Bostonians (and from the NFL community at large) is that the atmosphere in Mercedes-Benz Stadium will feel like a Patriots home game. After all, the Rams only moved to LA from St. Louis in 2016, and have struggled mightily with attendance issues, finishing 31st out of 32 in home game attendance percentage in 2018, per ESPN. They also have to compete for attention with the Los Angeles Chargers, who moved to LA from San Diego in 2017.
That said, the Rams franchise has a long history with the city of Los Angeles, playing there from 1946 to 1994 before their 21-season stint in St. Louis. And whether those fans are holdovers from the Eric Dickerson era or newly minted fans enthralled by coach Sean McVay’s innovative schemes and the game-breaking abilities of Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald, they certainly exist. The Rams even have their fair share of celebrity supporters (though the list still pales in comparison to the legion of famous Boston sports fans).
Here are some of the most famous fans of the Los Angeles Rams.
1. Ty Burrell
The “Modern Family” star is a lifelong Rams fan, representing the team at the NFL Draft in 2014 (when the team was still in St. Louis) and standing on the field in 2016 when the team played its first game back in Los Angeles. Burrell even hosted Rams punter Johnny Hekker and then-Rams defensive end Robert Quinn on the set of “Modern Family” for a Q&A.
Actor Ty Burrell can't believe we're actually home 🦄 pic.twitter.com/BaPzZK4TO8
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) August 14, 2016
2. Terry Crews
The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star was actually drafted by the Rams in 1991, and while he spent time on the roster of three other teams, as a Los Angeles resident the actor seemingly has picked the Rams as the squad he backs.
3. Taran Killam
The former “Saturday Night Live” star has showcased his outsized personality and Rams fandom on his Instagram, screaming like a wild man during games at the Coliseum.
After he was let go from the “SNL” cast in 2016, Killam joked on Twitter that he “needed more time to dedicate to my undefeated @RamsNFL.”
A big thank you for all the Love from my fans. Lorne was kind enough to understand I needed more time to dedicate to my undefeated @RamsNFL
— Taran Killam (@TaranKillam) August 9, 2016
4. Tom Morello
The guitarist and activist best known as a member of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave is a lifelong Rams fan, as evidenced by this photo he shared of himself on Instagram holding a Rams helmet as a child. He also recently shared a tribute to his favorite player growing up, the late Rams linebacker Isiah Robertson.
5. Robert Patrick
Veteran actor Robert Patrick, who played the murderous T-1000 in “Terminator 2: Judgement Day,” has been a Rams season ticket holder since the team returned to LA in 2016, and frequently shares his view from the stands on Instagram. Bonus fun fact for Patriots fans: Patrick will be featured in the upcoming “Honest Thief,” a crime drama starring Liam Neeson that filmed in the Worcester area in late 2018.
6. The Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Red Hot Chili Peppers mention California enough times in their lyrics that it probably helped the rock band land the gig of performing at the Rams’ first home game in 2016 to reintroduce the team to Los Angeles.
“Since I was a little boy, I’ve taken joy in the beauty of the Rams,” Chili Peppers bassist Flea said in a statement released days prior to the 2016 home game, per Yahoo Sports. “When I moved to Los Angeles in 1972, I was getting uprooted from my home and I thought, ‘Well, where I’m going they’ve got the Rams. It’s going to be alright.’”
7. Danny Trejo
The “Machete” actor embraced the Rams when they returned to Los Angeles, telling ESPN he kept “pinching himself” when he heard the team would be moving.
“Just joy,” Trejo said, when asked how he felt about the Rams coming back to LA. “Just so happy. It was kind of like part of Los Angeles came back. Los Angeles is this huge puzzle, and there was always a piece missing. Our sports team. Our football team.”
Trejo also will be giving a speech at the official send-off party for the Rams before they head to Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII.
— Danny Trejo (@officialDannyT) October 7, 2016