LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Rams are back in LA and, for now, calling the Coliseum home.
Pat Kelley was back in the Coliseum for the first time since 1978.
CBS2’s Greg Mills was there for the happy and poignant homecoming.
He says the Rams made it special for Kelley.
He introduced the Rams’ starting lineup on the Rams radio broadcast.
“To be on the field– to look up into the booth where you guys are, where I spent the majority of my life as a young man with my dad and to being back his memory,” said Kelley.
His dad was legendary Rams broadcast Bob Kelley. He broadcast Rams games from the day they first moved to LA to the day he died in 1964.
“I got downloaded with the Bob Kelley gene. Lucky me,” said his son.
He was able to travel on road trips with his dad and he helped him appreciate football.
Kelley says he was in the press box for every Rams home game, too.
“My dad used to refer to them as ‘My Rams. That’s how I think of them,” says Kelley.
He and his childhood friend — actor Mark Harmon — even got to wear Rams uniforms.
If you are a longtime LA rock radio fan, you most likely known Pat Kelley as Pat Paraquat Kelley and from his years on the Mighty Met. His wife is actress and former “2 On the Town” host Melody Rogers.
He’s had multiple sclerosis for the past 13 years and he says it’s taken a toll on him physically.
IIt’s hard to watch him decline for 13 years like this,” Melody says.
She says his humor, and hers, help them cope.
“Melody,” he says, “God bless her.”
She is his primary caregiver and she speaks out often about this disease and insurance.
Back to today’s radio gig, he got to pay tribute to his dad and his favorite player, Deacon Jones.
The Rams told him they wanted to give him a day he’d remember the rest of his life.
“Well, if I don’t remember this,” he said, “the rest of my life, there is something wrong.”