By Bill Coats
Thursday, Nov. 29 2007

Rarely caught unaware on the football field, former Rams running back Marshall
Faulk acknowledged being surprised when informed that his No. 28 is being
retired by the club.

"Without a doubt," Faulk said Wednesday. "You don't play the game with the
anticipation of having your number retired. When it happens, you feel thankful
and you feel grateful."

Faulk will be honored at halftime of the game Thursday, Dec. 20, against
Pittsburgh at the Edward Jones Dome.

"Marshall has given so much to this organization and was one of the key
ingredients that elevated the Rams from a team that won four games in 1998 to a
world championship in 1999," Rams President John Shaw said in a statement.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for the Rams organization and our great fans
to say, 'Thank you.'"

Likewise, said Faulk. "It's an opportunity for me to tell the people in St.
Louis, 'Thank you for being so hospitable to me.'"

Faulk, acquired from Indianapolis in 1999 for two draft choices, spent seven of
his 12 NFL seasons with the Rams. His last season was 2005, when knee problems
limited him and eventually led to his retirement, which he made official this
past May.

With Faulk as their primary ballcarrier, the Rams played in two Super Bowls. He
was named the NFL's most valuable player in 2000, and the league's offensive
player of the year in 1999, 2000 and '01.

He finished his career with 12,279 yards rushing and 6,875 yards receiving.
Faulk, 34, will become the seventh former Rams player whose number no longer is

"It's a great honor," he said. "And it's not just me; there were a lot of guys
that had a lot to do with it: the offensive linemen and the tight ends who
blocked, the receivers downfield, the quarterbacks who threw me the ball. All
those guys had something to do with this moment that I'm about to enjoy."

Faulk said he's "really enjoying" his second career with the NFL Network. "I've
found that I have a passion and a love for it," he said. "There's still a lot
of work for me to do to become the best broadcaster and analyst I can be. But
I'm up for the challenge."