After the game tonight, rather than go immediately to the team bus, he sought me and another writer out and asked us to do him a favor.
He wanted us to let the fans of Philadelphia know that he wanted to come onto the ice to thank them for the way they’ve treated him, both in the past and tonight, but couldn’t because there was an immediate team meeting after game.
“I don’t want them to think I’m blowing them off or anything,” he said.
He could have simply got on the bus to the airport. He could have popped in his I-pod and drowned out all distractions. He could have just ho-hummed his way through another loss and looked forward to a little nap on his short flight home.
Instead, he wanted to find a way to say thank you to the fans of Philadelphia and made it his mission.
He got to a couple of us. I spread the word through the press box in hopes that all in attendance at this game as well as all those who follow the FLyers from home get to see how genuine Umberger really is.
And who knows, maybe one day when he’s a free agent, this organization will bring him back.
Because he always wanted to be a Flyer for the rest of his career. He has a tattoo of the logo to prove it.
Thats just awesome. Met him at the first Cote carnival. This was after he had been traded but he was still in the area for a bit before he had to go. Got his autograph and wished him the best of luck in Columbus and hope that he made it back here eventually. A great player when in Philly.
I love RJ, I never knew he had a Flyers tattoo, that's pretty ****ing awesome. The Flyers really must be one of the better organizations to play for in the league if so many players who leave still publicly show their love for the organization.
would love to see him back, and honestly if he loves our city enough to get that tattoo and to try so hard to talk to the flyers after the game, i bet he'd be more than willing to take a reasonable pay cut to play here again