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    Ferragamo's Business Acumen Serving Him Well (from ESPN.com)

    Ferragamo's business acumen serving him well

    By Rudy Klancnik
    Special to ESPN.com

    You're 25 years old, you have the type of good looks that most of us would kill for, and you play quarterback in a Super Bowl in Pasadena for a team from Los Angeles.


    And you thought the writers in Hollywood were on strike.


    But it wasn't fantasy at all. Vince Ferragamo lived it ... and loved every moment of it.


    Ferragamo, the strong-armed kid from the University of Nebraska, led the then-L.A. Rams to Super Bowl XIV against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In a game many thought would be a blowout for the Steelers, the upstart Rams actually were leading at the end of the third quarter. Only Pittsburgh's steely resolve and some late heroics by Terry Bradshaw and John Stallworth averted one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history, and the Steelers won their fourth title, 31-19.


    "The Steelers had so many guys who knew what to do in that situation that it was going to be impossible to shake them up," Ferragamo said. "We played a great game, but we were unable to put them away. When the fourth quarter came and they needed to rally, I don't think anyone was surprised they came up big."


    Despite the loss, Ferragamo, a native Californian, garnered rock-star status around L.A. He followed up his Super Bowl appearance with another productive year, throwing for a career-high 30 TDs and leading the Rams back to the playoffs.



    However, after the 1980 season, Ferragamo shocked the Rams by signing with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League for $400,000.


    "It was strictly business," he said of his one-season move before returning to the Rams. "I loved California, but I had to focus on my career and made a decision based on business first."


    Today, big business decisions are at the forefront of Ferragamo's world. He runs a real estate company and recently launched his own private-label wine company. He's also chairman of the Vince Ferragamo Foundation, which raises money for children's causes, including the Special Olympics.


    "Between my businesses, the charitable foundation and my family, my life is pretty full these days," Ferragamo said. "And I love every moment of it."


    Still, the void left from his playing days remains.


    "The thrills I had on the field in L.A. and even Montreal, you can't duplicate those in the corporate world," he acknowledged. "Sometimes I'll do a motivational speech, and that's the closest I come in terms of getting fired up.


    "I'll be honest -- I miss playing the game."


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    Re: Ferragamo's Business Acumen Serving Him Well (from ESPN.com)

    Ah! Roman Gabriel, Jon Hadl, Vince Ferragamo and Kurt Warner. The 4 best Rams QB's that I had the pleasure to watch.

    Thanks Vince!

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    Re: Ferragamo's Business Acumen Serving Him Well (from ESPN.com)

    Dad gum it Vince, how could you miss the WR that was WIDE OPEN against the Steelers? Was it Waddy? Can't remember, but I do remember him missing someone so open that he could have ordered a hot dog with mustard.

    No matter though, Ferragamo was the man.

    Dont forget Jim Everett there Chris.

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    Re: Ferragamo's Business Acumen Serving Him Well (from ESPN.com)

    Quote Originally Posted by txramsfan View Post


    Dont forget Jim Everett there Chris.
    Don't you mean Chrissy Everett there Jim?

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    Re: Ferragamo's Business Acumen Serving Him Well (from ESPN.com)

    .....no Dieter Brock fans here??

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    Re: Ferragamo's Business Acumen Serving Him Well (from ESPN.com)

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris58 View Post
    Ah! Roman Gabriel, Jon Hadl, Vince Ferragamo and Kurt Warner. The 4 best Rams QB's that I had the pleasure to watch.

    Thanks Vince!
    Not just the best QB's the Rams had but in the NFL period.

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    Re: Ferragamo's Business Acumen Serving Him Well (from ESPN.com)

    Ferragamo to George Farmer, Rams 21 ***** 20


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