After the St Louis Rams made the signing of veteran linebacker Ben Leber official, they made room on the roster for him by releasing linebacker David Vobora, a guy who earned the title of Mr. Irrelevant in the 2008 draft and went on to start 16 games over the past three seasons.
There was speculation in St Louis that Na’il Diggs would be the one to go once Leber was officially in horns, but clearly that isn’t the case.
While the release of Vobora is a little surprising, it certainly is understandable. He never brought anything special to the table during his time in St Louis, looking more like a guy just filling a hole until a more reliable option came along. While he did have a full season’s worth of starts throughout his career in St Louis, his playing time was more a product of the lack of depth the Rams suffered through. He was however an adequate special teams player, and he will probably continue that role elsewhere. Unfortunately, Rams fans will probably always remember him for his year long battle with steroid accusations.
On September 30th, 2009, a few weeks after being named the Rams’ starting linebacker, Vobora was suspended four games for violating the league’s performance enhancing substance abuse policy. Vobora testified that the supplement which caused the positive test had illegal substances that weren’t listed on the label and, despite serving the entirety of the suspension, sued the company who provided him with the supplement. In June of this year, Vobora won the case and was rewarded $5.4 million.
Now that Vobora has cleared his name I wish him the best of luck in building it back up, wherever he may be.