Eric Weddle did not retire to the couch. He did not spend his idle time plundering the pantry.
He retired to the weight room and the basketball court, and to a car that took his kids to various games and practices across the sporting spectrum. The Weddle Taxi Service, he called it.
Unknowingly, he was on the Rams’ taxi squad all along.
Weddle ended his NFL career at the end of 2019, his only season with the Rams. He stayed in touch.
After last week, the Rams needed to open a new can of safeties. Raheem Morris, the defensive coordinator who coached Weddle in the Senior Bowl 15 years ago, texted him with the usual pleasantries.
“Then he said, ‘You’re not fat and out of shape, are you?’” Weddle said. “At that point, I knew what was coming.”
Weddle will suit up, No. 20 in your program, when the Rams open the playoffs against Arizona on Monday night.
He was probably more excited when he was a Chargers rookie, but not much. He practiced Thursday and reported that he didn’t miss any checks or calls.
“I think I can still help for 15 or 20 snaps or whatever they need,” Weddle said. “It’s amazing, how great I feel. I’ve lost some weight, I’ve taken some of the toll off my knees and back. I’ve been training like a madman.
“I play basketball every Wednesday night. But then that’s how I…