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    Deionís advice to Faulk: appreciate the honor

    By Bill Coats 12/19/2007 4:52 pm


    It took fellow NFL Network analyst Ė and fellow future Hall of Famer Ė Deion Sanders to impress on Marshall Faulk the impact of Thursday nightís halftime event at the Edward Jones Dome.

    ďYesterday I was telling Deion that I have to do this and that,Ē Faulk said Wednesday. Sanders advised Faulk to slow down and consider how meaningful it is to have his number retired by the Rams.

    ďHe said that not many people get their number retired,Ē Faulk said. ďWe were walking through the hall (at Rams Park) and I said to myself that that was true. . . . Itís a very special occasion for me. I am without a doubt honored.Ē

    Faulkís No. 28 will be hoisted to the rafters during a ceremony to be emceeed by Bob Costas. Here are other excerpts from Faulkís press conference:

    >>On what it means to be the seventh Rams player whose number is retired: ďIt means a lot, because as a kid playing football you think about winning a Super Bowl, scoring touchdowns or just playing in the NFL. To get your number retired is an honor you donít even think about. . . . As I move on in my career in broadcasting, thinking about it, seeing it and hearing it, each year further away from the game, itíll become more and more special.Ē

    >>On his seven seasons with the Rams: ďThe time I spent here, although it seemed fast, for me it was long because it was so much fun and exciting. Often when you play sports or do a job, you donít get an opportunity to do it how you want to do it. How I envisioned myself playing the game of football, having fun whether that be win or lose, I got an opportunity to do it here with a bunch of great guys, guys who werenít selfish, didnít care who got the ball and (who) wanted to win and have fun. That time compared to my five years in Indy, it was long. It was drawn out because I made sure of that. I lived in the moment, I enjoyed it, I tried not to look back. Every time I reflect on being here, itís always something good.Ē

    >>On the Hall of Fame: ďBeing honest, the guys that are in the Hall of Fame, I can never see myself with those guys. I look at them and I think that they embody what football is all about, especially when you look back in the day with what those guys went through, how the game was before you made the money that . . . they make now. You played this game because you loved it, you had a second job, you enjoyed it and that was what it was all about. I just donít see myself, never have, with the likes of those guys.Ē

    >>On whether being considered one of the gameís smartest players means as much as his statistical achievements: ďIt means more to me. Being that kind of player required work that goes beyond whatís asked of you. Weíd sit in the meeting room, and itís easy to watch the run game and understand why it works. But . . . to play the game and understand the chess match that goes on, itís so much fun. It made the game easier for me and at times when I could share that information with my teammates, it made the game easier for them.Ē

    >>On his retirement: ďActually, I think if we had won the Super Bowl (in 2002), I probably would have retired after that year. But we didnít and I felt like we still had it, so I came back. I was prepared to retire way before I did. All the time beyond then was bonus time for me. It was time to just continue to enjoy the game.Ē

    >>On whether coaching could be part of his future: ďI donít see myself coaching. I donít know if I could deal with whatís being asked of coaches today in the league Ė to baby-sit, the hours they have to put in, the time frame in which you have to win. Some of those things are just unrealistic. Probably the No. 1 thing that I canít deal with is the player that feels like he canít when he hasnít tried. I wouldnít know how to relate to that player.Ē

    All for now. . .


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    Re: Deionís advice to Faulk: appreciate the honor

    Probably the No. 1 thing that I canít deal with is the player that feels like he canít when he hasnít tried. I wouldnít know how to relate to that player
    and thats precisely why his number is being retired. Marshall doesnt know what its like to not give it your all and not try. Thats the type of mentality every football player needs. You might not be the most talented, but if you give it your best then you will never disappointed. Marshall was just blessed with the talent that meant when he tried, he succeeded.

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    Re: Deionís advice to Faulk: appreciate the honor

    I hope they show this presentation on TV?

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    Re: Deionís advice to Faulk: appreciate the honor

    If I get through those "golden gates" I'm sure you'll be in continuous loop on every big screen plasma in the casino.

    Thanks Marshall. It was sweet. Good things don't last.
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