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    Timmerman sees age creep up on him

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Sunday, Dec. 10 2006

    Late in the third quarter Nov. 19 at Carolina, Rams guard Adam Timmerman went
    down in a 6-foot-4, 300-pound heap when an inadvertent kick in the side
    fractured three of his ribs. He missed one play.

    "They're still a little sore," Timmerman reported this past week. "You've got
    like 12 (ribs per side), though, from what I hear. It's only three."

    He has been getting two numbing shots on game days, one a couple of hours
    before kickoff and another at halftime. "It only lasts so long," he explained
    during a break in preparations for Monday night's contest against the Chicago
    Bears at the Edward Jones Dome.

    Coach Scott Linehan said that Timmerman and Adam Goldberg again would rotate at
    right guard, as they did Sunday against Arizona. It will mark Timmerman's 184th
    regular-season game in a row, an eye-popping run that dates to 1995, his rookie
    season with the Green Bay Packers.

    For offensive linemen, who have few measurable statistics, durability is a
    valued commodity. "It's really our only thing," said Timmerman, 35. "And I've
    played through a lot, especially the last few years. Before that I don't know
    if you call it blessed or luck, but I just didn't get the injuries, for
    whatever reason."

    The South Dakota State product's first 10 NFL seasons also brimmed with
    highlights. Timmerman played in four Super Bowls two each with the Packers
    and Rams and was selected to two Pro Bowls.

    In 2004, Timmerman was on the field for every snap despite injuries to both
    shoulders and a foot that required offseason surgeries. Last year, he shrugged
    off a nasty bout of lower-back pain to become one of only five Rams to start
    all 16 games.

    "No matter if he's banged-up or healthy, feeling good or feeling bad, he's
    always out there battling," rookie guard Mark Setterstrom said. "That's
    inspiring to me as a young guy."

    Still, Timmerman emphasized that he's careful not to allow his determination to
    stay on the field override his dedication to the Rams.

    "If I felt like me not playing was better for the team, I would do that," he
    said. "Or if Coach thought that, I'd hope he would just tell me and that's the
    way it'd go. It'd be no problem either way."

    Health concerns

    After his physical difficulties the last two years, Timmerman was pleased that
    his 12th NFL season was perking along relatively pain-free. "I was actually
    feeling pretty good until this little rib issue," he said.

    Timmerman acknowledged that as the seasons pile up, his concern over the
    long-term effects of pounding on, and being pounded by, 300-pound-plus
    adversaries mounts, too.

    "I do think about that," he said. "When you get away from football, is it going
    to go away in a few years or is it something that's going to linger, so that
    when you're 50, you need a new hip or knee or whatever?"

    He and his wife, Jana, have three children: son Mason, 7, and daughters Alexa,
    5, and Jada, 1. "They were sledding the other day, and they were saying, 'Come
    on, Dad, come down the hill.' And I'm like, 'Um, I don't think I can do that
    right now,'" he said. "That's kind of a bummer. I don't want to get to a point
    where I can't be active and enjoy things like that."

    Exit strategy

    Asked to assess Timmerman's performance this year, coach Scott Linehan said, "I
    think he's played very well. He's been real good for the young guys."

    But Linehan added a qualifier. "I think Father Time has caught up to him in
    some ways. He'd be the first one to admit that. It's not because of what he
    wants to do; it's just because it's harder to maintain your physical stature."

    As he has done in recent years, Timmerman will decide after the season whether
    he wants to continue playing.

    "I'll kind of assess the year as a whole and just see how I feel in general,"
    he said. "It's always hard. At the end of the season, maybe you're thinking
    about (retirement) a little bit more. But then about February or March, you're
    thinking, 'Yeah, OK, we could do this.' You kind of go back and forth."

    With center Andy McCollum, his pal and fellow "Doughnut Brother," vowing to
    return in 2007 after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the opener this
    year, Timmerman has added motivation: He'd like for them to go out together,
    whenever that might be.

    "That would be the ideal thing, to spend the last season playing side by side,"
    he said. "But things don't always end up the way we want."

    In March 2004, Timmerman signed a five-year contract worth $14.26 million. He's
    due to receive $2.2 million in base salary next year and $2.3 million in 2008,
    plus roster bonuses totaling $700,000.

    Yet he promised that neither money nor emotion would decide for him when to
    call it a career. "I want it to be (where) I stand back and take a good, honest
    look at it," he said.

    "It's going to be hard when that day comes, when it's, 'OK, I think that's
    enough,' I'll miss the guys, being around the locker room," he added. "But
    until then I've been given these talents and I'm going to continue to use
    them until I think I'm being called to do something else."


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    Re: Timmerman sees age creep up on him

    it's going to be a sad day when this warrior calls it quits.

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    Re: Timmerman sees age creep up on him

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Sunday, Dec. 10 2006

    Late in the third quarter Nov. 19 at Carolina, Rams guard Adam Timmerman went
    down in a 6-foot-4, 300-pound heap when an inadvertent kick in the side
    fractured three of his ribs. He missed one play.

    "They're still a little sore," Timmerman reported this past week. "You've got
    like 12 (ribs per side), though, from what I hear. It's only three."

    He has been getting two numbing shots on game days, one a couple of hours
    before kickoff and another at halftime. "It only lasts so long," he explained
    during a break in preparations for Monday night's contest against the Chicago
    Bears at the Edward Jones Dome.

    Coach Scott Linehan said that Timmerman and Adam Goldberg again would rotate at
    right guard, as they did Sunday against Arizona. It will mark Timmerman's 184th
    regular-season game in a row, an eye-popping run that dates to 1995, his rookie
    season with the Green Bay Packers.

    For offensive linemen, who have few measurable statistics, durability is a
    valued commodity. "It's really our only thing," said Timmerman, 35. "And I've
    played through a lot, especially the last few years. Before that I don't know
    if you call it blessed or luck, but I just didn't get the injuries, for
    whatever reason."

    The South Dakota State product's first 10 NFL seasons also brimmed with
    highlights. Timmerman played in four Super Bowls two each with the Packers
    and Rams and was selected to two Pro Bowls.

    In 2004, Timmerman was on the field for every snap despite injuries to both
    shoulders and a foot that required offseason surgeries. Last year, he shrugged
    off a nasty bout of lower-back pain to become one of only five Rams to start
    all 16 games.

    "No matter if he's banged-up or healthy, feeling good or feeling bad, he's
    always out there battling," rookie guard Mark Setterstrom said. "That's
    inspiring to me as a young guy."

    Still, Timmerman emphasized that he's careful not to allow his determination to
    stay on the field override his dedication to the Rams.

    "If I felt like me not playing was better for the team, I would do that," he
    said. "Or if Coach thought that, I'd hope he would just tell me and that's the
    way it'd go. It'd be no problem either way."
    Timmerman has had a great career. Played in 4 Superbowls, won 2. His dedication to the Rams is extremely impressive. A real role model for the young offensive linemen on our team. Although father time is creeping up on him, he will be missed.

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    Re: Timmerman sees age creep up on him

    He's a great guy, he's never given anything less than his best that I can remember. Time catches up to all of us some day, it's no shame to recognize that yourself. I hope he retires in time to hopefully lead as healthy a life as possible after football. Whether that means this year or next or whenever that's his decision, I just hope he doesn't hang on too long and end up severely limited in what he can do physically, like far too many other former football players.

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