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    Troops honor Armey

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Thursday, May. 10 2007

    Like millions of Americans, Charley Armey sidled up to the television on
    Saturday morning, April 28, and didn't budge for hours. His wife, Audrey,
    brought in drinks and food. They repeated the procedure the next day.

    For the first time in 30 years, Armey wasn't participating in a professional
    football draft, a period encompassing stints in the NFL and the old USFL.

    "It was kind of fun to sit back and be a draftnik," Armey said, chuckling. "I
    watched the entire thing from start to finish. It was kind of different."

    That's for sure. For the previous nine years, Armey had organized Rams drafts
    for coaches Dick Vermeil, Mike Martz and Scott Linehan first as vice
    president of player personnel, and then as general manager.

    Before that were front-office or scouting stints with New England, Green Bay,
    Atlanta and Buffalo of the NFL, plus Denver, Memphis and Chicago of the USFL.

    Before going pro, Armey was a college coach at North Dakota State, Montana
    Tech, Montana and Colorado State.

    But it's all coming to a halt: 40 years in college and pro football; 27 years
    in the NFL; 10 years with the Rams. Last summer, the Rams brought in Tony
    Softli from Carolina to be their vice president of player personnel in
    essence to replace Armey, whose role was dramatically reduced. Last August,
    Armey said he planned to retire at the end of his current contract, and that
    time is here. Or almost here.

    Armey, who turns 68 in July, is under contract with the Rams through June. But
    he has throttled back since mid-February and will be feted tonight in "roast"
    style in the main ballroom of the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles. Vermeil will
    be the master of ceremonies, with members of the Rams' 1999 Super Bowl
    championship team invited as special guests.

    "It's the last hurrah for Charley Armey," Armey said in self-deprecating
    fashion. "It's gone by real fast. That's one of the few problems about doing
    something that you really love, something that you really have a passion for
    it goes by so fast."

    Although there were times it seemed the Rams were pushing Armey out the door,
    he said he has no qualms about the way his 10-year run ended in St. Louis.

    "I've never been treated any better in my life than I was treated by the Rams,"
    Armey said. "They handled my retirement beautifully."

    Last year, Armey did advance scouting for the Rams in his lesser role of vice
    president of pro personnel. After the season, he evaluated prospective free
    agents throughout the league, then faded deep into the background.

    Instead of making a "farewell tour" at the NFL scouting combine in
    Indianapolis, he stayed away. Ditto for the NFL draft. While Softli, Linehan
    and team presidents John Shaw and Jay Zygmunt were busy in the draft room at
    Rams Park, Armey was 15 minutes away watching draft coverage on TV at his town
    home in O'Fallon.

    "It was important for the new guy that took my place, Tony Softli, to come in
    and establish himself and run things the way he wants them run," he said.
    "Everybody does things differently."

    In his time with the Rams, Armey was known for his off-color humor and sharp
    opinions. He never was afraid to give his opinion on anything, no matter with
    whom he was speaking.

    Armey's opinions on personnel frequently were so pointed that Martz once gave
    him the nickname "Charley Blunt."

    But Armey always has had an eye for talent. He had many more hits than misses
    with the Rams, even during the "Greatest Show on Turf'' years when the Rams
    were drafting near the end of the rounds and making their share of strange
    picks under Martz and defensive coordinator Lovie Smith.

    "I've been around a lot of good football people," Armey said. "I've learned
    from a lot of people. Norm Pollom Debbie Pollom's dad he started me out in
    scouting, and I learned a lot from him. And Bucko Kilroy."

    Debbie Pollom is the Rams' director of scouting administration. Kilroy was a
    longtime scout and personnel executive with the Patriots.

    Armey added: "And I've worked with some great coaches that knew talent: (Bill)
    Parcells and (Bill) Belichick, and Marv Levy, Forrest Gregg, and of course,
    Dick Vermeil. ... Luckily, some of it rubbed off."

    Armey is typically blunt in discussing his high and low moment in football.
    Both came while he was with the Rams.

    The most fun?

    "Winning the Super Bowl (against Tennessee), obviously," Armey said. "Being in
    the Super Bowl, and winning the Super Bowl, are totally different. ... There's
    an unbelievable feeling knowing you've won it."

    The least fun?

    Losing the Super Bowl two years later to New England.

    "My biggest disappointment is that we didn't give Marshall Faulk the ball 35
    times and let him be the MVP and win that Super Bowl in his hometown (of New
    Orleans)," Armey said. "That's the one thing in football that haunts me, and it
    will haunt me forever."


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    Re: Troops honor Armey

    "My biggest disappointment is that we didn't give Marshall Faulk the ball 35
    times and let him be the MVP and win that Super Bowl in his hometown (of New
    Orleans)," Armey said. "That's the one thing in football that haunts me, and it
    will haunt me forever."

    OUCH!!!

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