LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rams fans cheered on Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, Aaron Donald and the rest of the Super Bowl champions during a victory parade Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Team members waved to fans from open-top buses driving down a road leading to a plaza outside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where thousands of people dressed in a sea of yellow Rams gear and Blues were waiting for a gathering.
“It’s like a dream,” said Lawrence Morse, who drove in from suburban Irwindale with his 12-year-old son, Jacob.
“We watched almost every game all season,” Jacob said. “We knew they would win the Super Bowl!”
The celebration began Sunday when the Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 after a final 79-yard drive from Stafford that ended with a 1-yard TD throw to Kupp, the game’s MVP.
Charles Goolsby, 16, came with his brothers and father. He said his late grandfather was a lifelong Rams fan and his passion for the team was infectious.
“I was holding my breath in the fourth quarter but I just knew Kupp could win,” Goolsby said.
“We are here for our grandfather,” he added.
Three Los Angeles sports teams have won championships in the past two years, but the Lakers and Dodgers haven’t gotten victory parades because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Coliseum was once home to the Rams, who now play at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.