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    Steussie will try to play Sunday after just three practices

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Wednesday, Nov. 21 2007

    The boys, Jack and Will, must find alternate transportation to school. The
    wife, Erica, probably is glad to get him out of the house. That's because Todd
    Steussie is returning to work this morning with the Rams.

    Steussie made it official Tuesday, re-signing with the Rams after reaching an
    injury settlement with the team Sept. 5. Wide receiver Travis Taylor was
    released, creating a roster spot for Steussie.

    "I'm happy to be back in numerous ways," Steussie said. "It's been a long time
    for the Rams. But it's been a long time for me, too."

    Since Steussie suffered a broken foot Aug. 30 in the exhibition finale against
    Kansas City, bodies have been falling left and right at Rams Park. Particularly
    on the offensive line, where tackle Orlando Pace, guard-tackle Adam Goldberg
    and guards Mark Setterstrom and Richie Incognito ended up on the season-ending
    injured reserve list.

    That's how Steussie originally was designated, too, but the Rams took advantage
    of a five-day window to reach an injury settlement, thus making him eligible to
    return to the team this week. It's a highly unusual move. In fact, since the
    move to St. Louis in 1995, the Rams never have brought a player back once
    agreeing on an injury settlement.

    Until now, that is.

    "I'm charged up about it. I probably won't sleep that well tonight," Steussie
    said Tuesday. "I'm just excited about getting in to work. I imagine I'm going
    to be the same way on game day. But I'll settle down."

    Adding to the strange nature of Steussie's return is the fact that he's
    expected to start Sunday against Seattle, though it's uncertain whether he'll
    be at tackle or guard. Twelve weeks after his last football activity — the
    Governor's Cup game against the Kansas City Chiefs — Steussie will attempt to
    play Sunday with only three practices under his belt. That's almost unheard of
    in the NFL.

    Steussie sounds unfazed by the challenge.

    "Muscle memory will kick in," Steussie said. "The older you get, the more you
    do most of your work in the film room — mentally getting ready. If I get
    prepared building up to the (game), I'll be just fine on Sunday."

    Physically, Steussie may not be in "football" shape. But he's in shape. He
    started doing treadmill work about five weeks after surgery.

    "And once I was able to do that, it was to the point where I could start
    pushing it," he said.

    He started lifting weights. He did running and field work at MICDS. He even
    trained at the Boxing Gym in Maryland Heights.

    "No sparring; it was all heavy bags, speed bag, target pads, working some
    footwork, jumping rope," Steussie said.

    How does the boxing work carry over to football?

    "Explosion. Hand-eye coordination. Balance. Agility. Speed," Steussie said. "I
    worked on getting the speed of my punches up and also endurance and stamina."

    It was all designed with the idea of getting himself as ready as possible to
    play right away once he re-signed with St. Louis.

    "I'm going to go four days from my first practice to being on the football
    field in a real game," Steussie said. "I really wanted to push myself to some
    extremes. My wife said I had a workout disorder because that was pretty much
    all I did."

    Well, that and drive the kids to school.

    "I'm the king of dropoff and pickup at my sons' school," Steussie said. "I'm
    one of the few dads in the car-pool line."

    Which sounds a bit like the Michael Keaton role in the 1983 movie comedy "Mr.
    Mom."

    "Exactly," Steussie said. "North to drop off, south to pick up."

    Steussie, who turns 37 on Dec. 1, said he was healthy enough to play about a
    month ago. By league rule, and under the terms of the injury settlement, he
    wasn't eligible to return to the Rams until this week. However, he could've
    signed with another NFL team at any point after the settlement but chose not to
    explore that option.

    "I'm on my fourth (NFL) team right now, and we've moved three times in the last
    five years," Steussie said. "I didn't want to leave my family, or yank them out
    of school and go somewhere else, live in some apartment.

    "When we came to the Rams, I made a promise to my kids — especially my oldest
    son, Jack, who was really having a hard time moving — that this was going to be
    the last team I was going to play for. Whether or not he remembers it, I
    remember it."

    Also, Steussie said he feels a sense of loyalty to the Rams, unlike any he's
    felt working for Minnesota, Carolina or Tampa Bay in his 14-year career.

    "I'm not going to bash the places that I've been before, but there's been some
    people that I don't have too fond of memories," Steussie said. "Not so much the
    players, but some of the coaches, the front office. So when you see some good
    people ... you want to reciprocate, and do good back to them."


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    Re: Steussie will try to play Sunday after just three practices

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    "I'm not going to bash the places that I've been before, but there's been some
    people that I don't have too fond of memories," Steussie said. "Not so much the
    players, but some of the coaches, the front office. So when you see some good
    people ... you want to reciprocate, and do good back to them."
    Wow!! somebody actually said something nice about our front office....sniff...sniff....I think I'm going to cry....

    WHAT SAY YE?

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    Re: Steussie will try to play Sunday after just three practices

    Call it a wild guess or mere speculation but this is exactly what I thought about Steussie in terms of staying with us (the rest of the season): that he was committed to this team. He's a good man.

    When we came to the Rams, I made a promise to my kids — especially my oldest son, Jack, who was really having a hard time moving — that this was going to be the last team I was going to play for. Whether or not he remembers it, I remember it.
    Steussie said he feels a sense of loyalty to the Rams.

    Best wishes to him on his return. Best wishes to our OL.

    :r "And thank you Todd, for your support."
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    Re: Steussie will try to play Sunday after just three practices

    Always good to hear players say things like that about your team.
    The Roman and The Prince. Playmakers until the end.


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