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    Any of you remember who Markus Depree was?

    Just watched a crazy vid about the greatest runningback who never was on youtube Markus Depree and I never heard of him before watchng it. It is a amazing story of someone I never heard of and a guy who played for us on the preseason ('93 if i remember correctly) before we cut him. crazy story. Any of you older Ram fans remember him coming into camp?


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    Re: Any of you remember who Markus Depree was?

    i was barely a year old then..but i did see the documentary on him last year

    what brought this up?
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    Re: Any of you remember who Markus Depree was?

    Was this the RB that went to OU that had a 30 for 30 about him. Sorry for the run-on.
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    I seen the 30 for 30 special on him.... The best that never was. He surely coulda been the best if he had a good work ethic when he was young
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    Re: Any of you remember who Markus Depree was?

    I remember him well. Had a bad knee injury in the USFL then came to the Rams in '90 playing behind Jim Everett. I think I still have one of the Rams games on VHS with him in the game. Showed flashes of both speed and power. Here is an article from the great Mike Downey from 1992 (even has my screen namesake in it!):

    Dupree Is Hot Back for Rams
    MIKE DOWNEY
    August 17, 1992|MIKE DOWNEY




    I wasn't snooping. Honest, I wasn't. But it was pushing midnight by the time I got to Marcus Dupree's locker and my bloodshot eyes drifted to the shelf above his head, where a large jug of Pedialyte sat beside a can of cold cola. I didn't know what Pedialyte was and I didn't think to ask.


    So, next morning, I consulted my corner druggist. I was curious. It could be Pedialyte was some sort of nerve tonic. Maybe Marcus had been having butterflies Saturday before the Rams turned him loose against the Raiders. Or, let's see . . . Pedialyte . . . ped, ped . . . maybe it was foot lotion. Maybe that griddle-hot Anaheim gridiron had scorched Dupree's feet.


    "Pedialyte?" my pharmacist said. "Sure, right over here."


    I found a bottle and read the label:


    \o7 Prevents dehydration. \f7


    Although there was certainly nothing amusing about a charbroiled athlete replenishing fluids on an August night, I still had to smile.


    Marcus Dupree, overworked.


    It must sound good, even to him. To be tired. To be perspired. To be drained from a hard night's work. After all, all Marcus Dupree has been craving is a chance to work. All he has been waiting for is one more chance to be the Marcus Dupree he used to be.


    For five long years, he has waited. Make it seven, in fact, counting the last two seasons with the Rams. Going on eight.


    And anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting the good-natured Mississippian, before or after his comeback from football oblivion, can't help pulling for him. His 100 yards rushing in one half against the Raiders was more enjoyable for some of us than it seemed to be for Chuck Knox.


    "Marcus Dupree got to rushing and made some yards," the Ram coach said.


    Don't get too excited there, Chuck. Bad for you in this heat.


    I'm only kidding. Knox has seen enough running backs come and go not to get carried away. Ever since Eric Dickerson found an opening and ran to daylight all the way to Indiana, the Rams have auditioned an army of ball-carriers. Or, in some cases, ball-droppers. Knox wasn't born yesterday. One exhibition game means zip.


    But Dupree or not Dupree, that is the question. The Rams still have Robert Delpino, Cleveland Gary, David Lang and assorted others. Rumors have them nosing around after Kansas City's Barry Word. And even if Dupree is the same age as Word, 28, he has more mileage on his odometer. Dupree broke into pro football in his \o7 teens\f7 .


    Unfortunately, it was USFL pro football. A $5-million job offer was too much to resist for a poor kid from Philadelphia, Miss., same as it would be for a rich kid from Philadelphia, Pa.


    I can still remember Marcus' mom, Cella Dupree Connors, entertaining or enduring the procession of agents and scouts who materialized on her porch.


    "If a stranger shows up in this town," she said, "they ain't looking for nobody but Marcus."


    He was hotter than Dixie weather. Everybody was after Marcus. The football coach from Oklahoma was after him--and when Barry Switzer went after somebody, he generally got him. Dupree stayed one season. He gained 239 yards in the Fiesta Bowl, stuck the MVP trophy under his arm and transferred to Southern Mississippi, homesick and unhappy.


    He missed that home cooking, for one thing. "In our family," his mother said, "nobody eats breakfast. But after noon, the kill is on. We just sit and eat until we go to bed."


    One year later, Dupree was a pro. One game into his second USFL season, however, Marcus' knee decided that it had had enough. It took him five full years to persuade that knee to give it another try.


    "I never felt better," Dupree said after a 19-16 overtime success against the Raiders. He had a smile on his face that was as wide as the rip in his sweat-soaked gray undershirt.


    "I don't know what else to say," said Marcus, who says that a lot. "I'm in better shape than I've ever been."


    Knox is a runners' coach. Ground Chuck. Runners know this. It gives them hope. They always think this could be the year. Dupree, however, is different. This \o7 has \f7 to be his year. He can't go on job-hunting forever. He has to make up for lost time.


    It isn't easy. When he finally got to play, it was with a rookie quarterback, T.J. Rubley, who was greener than the grass. "Yeah, he was nervous," Dupree said. "But not for long. You watch that kid. He's going to make a good quarterback in this league for somebody. I hope it's us."


    Their first series together began with a penalty for a false start. Then Dupree cracked the middle and lost a yard. Then Rubley fumbled the ball away to the Raiders.


    Not much hope there.


    Two quarters later, Dupree had 100 yards in 22 carries, four catches and one huge smile.


    When had he last gained 100 yards?


    "Last night," Dupree said. "In my dreams."


    He started laughing and said he felt tired but great and didn't know what else to say. Well, I know what to say. Stick around, Marcus.
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    Re: Any of you remember who Markus Depree was?

    Ya what brought this up is I ran across that 30 for 30 on YouTube and never heard of the guy. God he was amazing. I was actually rooting for him to make a come-back while watching it when it showed him playing for our Rams... I was only about 10 so I didn't really follow backup pick-ups and stuff but just wondered if any of our Clan remembered him and what the thoughts were at the time.

    Yes Ram OG your spot on.

    Wow GroundChuck I know where you get your name from now! lol Anyways, that is a good article! Wouldn't have minded him on our team in the early 90's compared to the ball droppers we had. He looked promising. I wish him well. Amazing what oppurtunites life gives you and all the options for success or failure there are.

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    Re: Any of you remember who Markus Depree was?

    The greatest high school football player in the history of the state of mississippi, and it wasnt a work ethic problem, it was knee injuries that killed his career.

    ramming speed to all

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    Re: Any of you remember who Markus Depree was?

    He was unreal... man when he worked himself all the way back and then played for the Rams, that was awesome.

    I wonder with today technology if he would have come back from that knee injury?
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    Re: Any of you remember who Markus Depree was?

    Ya I agree I think he could of come back. They say ol Gale Sayers could of kept playing to if he had access to get todays operations.

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