Ahead of the Los Angeles Rams' November matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs in Mexico City, Michael Brockers, Luis Perez and Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson spent the week in Mexico along with Chiefs linebacker Reggie Ragland.
While Dickerson's been to Mexico plenty of times, including the first NFL game in Mexico City in 2016, it was Brockers' first time in the country. Perez has been to Mexico City a handful of times but this was his first trip in 12 years.
After the group landed in Mexico City with their guests on Monday, it was time for a week filled with media tours, sight-seeing, fan events and A LOT of food.
Cruising at Xochimilco
The players arrived at Xochimilco where there were colorful Rams-themed boats awaiting them at the canal. The local rep explained that the Xochimilco canal is the "Venice, Italy, of Mexico."
The group boarded the colorful canoes and rode along the canal. While Perez threw the football around with the locals who were watching from land, Brockers decided to get a little workout in by asking the driver if he could row the boat. Even at his 6-5, 308-lbs frame, Brockers admitted it was quite the workout and definitely "Ted Rath approved."
Highlight of the Trip
Brockers, Perez and Dickerson all said that their favorite event of the week was the NFL PLAY 60 event that took place on Tuesday. Over 400 kids were present to learn from the pros and swarmed the players from the moment they arrived. Each player led drills relevant to their positions and spent the afternoon with the kids.
"Being able to go out and play with the kids and just bond with them while throwing around a football was just so fun," said Perez.
One of the young participants, named Max, even showed up in a Jared Goff jersey and recorded a message for QB1 in Spanish saying, "I love you Jared Goff and I can't wait to watch the Rams on TV!"
Food, Food and More Food.
The week in Mexico City was filled with delicious tacos and desserts, but the most exotic food experience for the players came when they took part in a food tasting at Chapulin restaurant.
Some of the traditional Mexican cuisines they tasted were tuna ceviche, escamol (ant eggs, considered to be Mexican caviar), chapulines (grasshopper) tacos and a Mexican-styled funnel cake dessert.
Brockers and Perez both agreed the escamol was tasty, and everyone but ED, who claimed he was "allergic" to grasshoppers, tried the chapulines, although they weren't in a rush to go back for seconds.
Rams Fans in Mexico
Football fans and those curious of the game were ecstatic to meet the guys, snap photos and get autographs all week. All were able to share conversations and lots of laughs with the people of Mexico.
"When you think about the Mexican fans here in Mexico City, they love football," Dickerson said. "They really do. The culture is great."
Then, there were the hard-core Rams fans.
At Wednesday's fan event, Brockers and Perez hyped up the crowd as they chanted "L-A Rams" and "Va-mos Rams" at the top of their lungs.
One fan brought presents for the players and proclaimed himself as the "biggest Rams fan, not in the world, but the entire universe!" His jersey collection stands at over 10 Rams jerseys including Goff, Orlando Pace, Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner.
Along with the Gurley and Goff jerseys in the crowd, you could spot fans donning Dickerson, Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce and Steven Jackson. It was quite the sight to see how long some of the fans in Mexico have been following the Rams.
¡Nos vemos en Noviembre!
After an amazing four days in Mexico City, the players are headed back to the States before Brockers and Perez will report for training camp in less than two weeks.
"I really enjoyed the trip and will definitely be back outside of our game," Brockers said. "I expect to see the fans fill up Estadio Azteca and be loud!"
Season ticket members can now purchase tickets for the November 19 game in Mexico City. Tickets for the general public will be available in mid-August. Fans who wish to purchase tickets must fill out the interest form here.
Check out photos from Day 3 of the Rams trip to Mexico City with Michael Brockers, Luis Perez and Eric Dickerson.