Sitting with him in his corner office outside the team locker room, he took me back 15 years ago to the Greatest Show on Turf.
While the Rams enjoyed a six-game winning streak with Warner under center, they suffered back-to-back losses to the Tennessee Titans and the Detroit Lions. Against Detroit, the Rams were up 27-24 with 2:42 left in regulation following a 2-yard catch from Ryan Tucker and a successful 2-point conversion pass from Warner to Isaac Bruce. Starting on their own 23-yard line, Detroit made it to the St. Louis 12 where Gus Frerotte hit Johnnie Morton for the game-winning touchdown.
In the midst of one of the lowest points of what was seemingly becoming a magical year, “Mr. Fix It” himself found a way to do his part and help repair the situation.
“When we came back into the locker room all the players had their heads down,” Mayweather said. “I talked to a couple of guys and told them, ‘Hey just put it out your minds.’ The next game we won.”
Not only did the Rams win that next game against the Carolina Panthers, but in their subsequent meeting with the Panthers, the Rams secured their first division title since moving to St. Louis and were on their way to the playoffs.
The playoff ride was only the beginning for Mayweather and the Rams as the team made it to Super Bowl Sunday. While Rams history was unfolding before his eyes, Mayweather witnessed Warner’s MVP season culminate into a 414-yard passing performance. He was there front row to see Bruce’s 73-yard, game-winning touchdown catch and Mike Jones’ infamous tackle, which sealed the game.
The Rams were world champions and so was Mayweather.
Leaning far back in his office chair, Mayweather continued to reflect upon on his two decades worth of memories. Ironically, his original job with the team as a security guard during the time when the Rams practiced at the Matthews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club was only meant to be a temporary one.
“Kenny is a veteran player – one of the first hired here in St. Louis” Mike Moyneur – the team’s longest tenured employee and vice president of executive services & special projects – said when asked about Mayweather. “He knows the building inside and out. He’s a hard worker and is incredibly resourceful.”
Once the doors of Rams Park were opened in the fall of 1996, the organization discovered he had a high motor in construction and transitioned him into his current role. Since then Mayweather has painted over 90 percent of Rams Park, hand-built new offices, and fixed anything and everything that has ever deterred the team’s headquarters from properly functioning.
“If you ask him to do something,” Moyneur continued, “you can count on it getting done. He’s a team player, a great teammate, and truly an asset to the organization.”
Mayweather is a St. Louis native and is married to Zandria. They have five children and five grandchildren. Prior to joining the team, he worked in construction and also with Enterprise Leasing.
From 1979-82, he served in the United States Army and was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. During his army days he traveled across Europe and on a visit to France he climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Despite the beauty of a panoramic view of Paris, it was small in comparison to a gift he received from late Rams Owner Georgia Frontiere.
“Mrs. Frontiere decided to give all of the full-time employees Super Bowl rings,” Mayweather recalled, still with astonishment. “We were all surprised. That year right there was probably the best time since I’ve been here.”