Matt Giordano is leaving the Silver and Black to don the Blue and Gold of the St. Louis Rams. Apparently the Rams were in need of some veteran leadership to help out their young secondary. The man nicknamed “Gio” was utilized mainly for Special Teams and Safety with the Raiders. He will now fill that role in St. Louis.
Giordano always reminded me of Rocky Marciano when I watched him play. He always put his heart and soul into every play. When he was knocked down, he always got back up and took his lumps. Yes, he got beat on some occasions, but so did most of our secondary in 2012.
Although he suffered a shoulder and knee injury last year, he played all 16 games. The Fresno, CA, native combined for 51 tackles and had 2 interceptions in 2012. When he stepped up to make a play, the home crowd chanted, “Gio, Gio, Gio, Gio!” Though, he spent a short time wearing the Silver and Black, he is a player that will be missed by Raider Nation. Raider Nation always remembers the players that put everything they had into their position. He is definitely one of those players.
Giordano has primarily been a reserve and special team player during previous stints with the Saints, Packers and Colts. The Colts drafted him with the 134th pick in the 2005 draft. Giordano will be competing against Darian Stewart for a starting position, and the rookie, T.J. McDonald, is expected to occupy the other safety position.
Farewell, Gio, you had the heart of a lion and played like there was no tomorrow.