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  • Before it gets ugly, let's give Faulk his due

    Trust me, its only going to get worse...

    With all the rumblings about Marshall Faulk - supposedly not getting along with Linehan (seems bogus)... out of shape (seems accurate)... knees still a problem (almost certainly true)... considering retirement... might go on IR and try a comeback next year (could that be just for cap reasons?) - it seems likely that his exit from the game won't be an Elwayesque final moment of glory followed by the proverbial ride off into the sunset.

    Its a shame when a great player isn't able to enjoy a storybook exit. I felt that way about Aeneas Williams' fade out, for example. And though Marshall will certainly have at least one more moment in the sun when he's inducted into the Hall of Fame, that's a few years off.

    For now, its just messy.

    So... before it gets even worse, I thought I'd start a thread for us to post a Faulk memory. Certainly, he's given a lot to the fans with his electrifying performances, and he deserves his due.

    For me, its wasn't one game or one moment that stands out. Rather, it was a feeling that I had at the start of every game during the 1999-2001 run. The feeling that, no matter who the Rams were playing, there was no question that the best player on the field (at any position) was Faulk. It was like, I would imagine, the way Bulls fans felt when Jordan was in his prime.

    Oddsmakers, matchups, home field advantage... none of those things mattered. If Faulk was on the field, he was the best player out there and, as a result, the Rams had a chance to win.

    I miss that feeling.

  • #2
    Re: Before it gets ugly, let's give Faulk his due

    The block he made against the blitzing S of the Titans in the third quarter of the Super Bowl that allowed Warner to find Holt in the end zone for the first touchdown is what made him so special to me as a Ram.

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    • #3
      Re: Before it gets ugly, let's give Faulk his due

      For me it was when I read in the paper we just got Marshal in a trade. I was on a business trip and was sitting on the runway as I read it. I can still remember reading it like yesterday because I knew it was hugh. I could not believe we got him and what little we gave up. Living in so. Cal and watching him play at San Diego, I knew he was going to be unreal. If this is it for Marshal, I can’t wait to see him go in the Hall!

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      • #4
        Re: Before it gets ugly, let's give Faulk his due

        Every inside shovel pass from Warner to Faulk. It was so smooth.....Warner would flip the ball to Faulk through the line, and then the dance began. Marshall and his 7 dance partners would begin their tango towards the goal line. Mmm, that was good stuff back then.
        The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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        • #5
          Re: Before it gets ugly, let's give Faulk his due

          The screen pass against Tennessee during the regular season. Out in the flat for something like 70 yards. It began the comeback during that game. We still lost but we were down by like 20 pts at half and almost came back to win.

          We ran the same play in the Spuerbowl and it almost went for 6 that time as well.

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          • #6
            Re: Before it gets ugly, let's give Faulk his due

            When we got Faulk, the rams we're the laughing stock of the game. I thought for sure he would hold out , but to my amazement , he played and changed a team that I never thought would win it all into the team that did! Marshall..............I don't know how to thank you!!!!! So i guess him coming to the worst team in the NFL and playing is the greatest moment for me!
            Last edited by ; -07-11-2006, 09:29 AM.

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            • #7
              Re: Before it gets ugly, let's give Faulk his due

              Just how he could stop on a dime and change directions..... How he did it stills boggles my mind....

              Marshall thank you for the ride... I wish it was a little longer however the quality was outstanding..... Absolutely no doubt in my mind the Rams could not have done it without you.

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              • #8
                Re: Before it gets ugly, let's give Faulk his due

                It was my birthday in 1999 when I heard one of the greatest news in Rams history. The St. Louis Rams just made a trade for Marshall Faulk. I will never forget that day for as long as I live. Best birthday present I have ever received.

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                • #9
                  Re: Before it gets ugly, let's give Faulk his due

                  what i'll miss about Marshall is his eyes checking down on the defense, the same way Wibur Marshall did it for the Bears on defense. The look was pure, he study where every player was & how that fit our plans. I will miss his eyes glaring out over the Defense. Thanks, Marshall you made the Rams a very special offense unit with your dedication to the game.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Before it gets ugly, let's give Faulk his due

                    The Titans game regular season 99. The Rams were trying to make the comeback and there was Holt or Hakim pretty sure Holt down on the field. Faulk did not want the timeout wasted so he picked him up said "stand there till the snap" and went back to his position. He had saved the timeout. It was a small moment but it just showed how much he knew the game and how dedicated he was to winning.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Before it gets ugly, let's give Faulk his due

                      My favorite Faulk memory comes from the 2001 NFC Championship game (I believe) against the Eagles, where in the second half Faulk runs left toward nothing and ends up completely changing direction to gain huge yardage on the right side of the field. To me, that one play personified the danger of Marshall Faulk as a running back.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Before it gets ugly, let's give Faulk his due

                        So few years, so many memories. It's best to remember that it is quality that counts not quantity, and with Faulk we got nothing but quality. The memory that I have that sticks out more than anything is not a great flashy play, but a great heads up play that truly shows the greatness of Faulk. The play has already been mentioned but its worth mentioning again. It was the regular season game against the Titans in 1999 and the Rams were making that frantic comeback. Hakim had just ran down the field and was tired, having a hard time getting up. I thought for sure the Rams would call a timeout. Faulk ran down, picked up Hakim and lined him up so he wouldn't be offsides and then got himself line up. To me that was true brilliance. How many players would have had the forethought to do something like that? Not many in my opinion.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Before it gets ugly, let's give Faulk his due

                          Here is a video package of Faulk. Too many great memories to list just one for me. Just add the t in http for the link.
                          htp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl6ejbjpmu0

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                          • #14
                            Re: Before it gets ugly, let's give Faulk his due

                            Originally posted by Bruce=GOAT
                            Here is a video package of Faulk. Too many great memories to list just one for me. Just add the t in http for the link.
                            htp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl6ejbjpmu0
                            The guy did another one (click here) that I think is good as well. Many of the same clips, many new additions, something like double the length. Seems like more stuff from the '99 season, as well as the '01 NFC Championship run I referenced.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Before it gets ugly, let's give Faulk his due

                              Sheesh!!!! After watching those videos I was reminded of those feet. Was there ever anyone quicker at the stutter step? he moved sideways so quick. If he was not so great at receiving I think the man might would have challenged Emmits rushing record. Marshall is my favorite player of all time period. I loved watching him play. Thank you for the memories we will never forget what you did for this team. Please come back as a RB consultant.

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                              • RamWraith
                                Faulk's Finest Hour
                                by RamWraith
                                Wednesday, December 19, 2007

                                By Nick Wagoner
                                Senior Writer

                                Stuck in a dire situation, Marshall Faulk found himself in a form of football purgatory in 1998. After five years in Indianapolis, Faulk had reached his breaking point.

                                All of the struggles, all of the mistakes and most of all, all of the losses had finally caused Faulk to go to management and seek something better. Faulk didn’t ask much; it wasn’t about the money. He could have had plenty of that from the Colts.

                                What Faulk wanted was a chance to win. So when he received word on April 15, 1999, that he was being sent to the Rams for a second and fifth round selection in the upcoming NFL Draft, Faulk was less than thrilled.

                                “My thoughts when I first came to St. Louis weren’t good,” Faulk said. “I felt like I was in a bad situation and the situation in St. Louis wasn’t any better.”

                                Considering that in his five seasons in the league, the Rams had won 26 games or six less than the Colts in that same time frame. Of course, Indianapolis had gone 3-13 the two previous seasons and appeared headed nowhere.

                                But that didn’t mean Faulk was thrilled with his new home in St. Louis. As Faulk watches his No. 28 jersey raised to the rafters Thursday night, never to be worn by a Ram again, it’s hard not to imagine how he went from unhappy all-star to man of honor.

                                A MINI REVELATION

                                Entering the 1999 offseason, the Rams were faced with the task of overhauling a boring offense that scored so little that the scorekeeper at the Edward Jones Dome felt like the Maytag repairman.

                                To that end, the Rams aggressively pursued help on the line and at the skill positions. They signed Trent Green to play quarterback and Adam Timmerman at guard. They drafted young receiver Torry Holt out of North Carolina State and hired a young offensive-minded coordinator in the form of Mike Martz.

                                While those moves were a step in the right direction, none had the cache that would really draw the attention of landing a Pro Bowl running back such as Faulk. In the days leading to the draft, the Rams finally settled on a deal and Faulk became a Ram.

                                With Faulk in the fold, it appeared the Rams had the foundation for an explosive offensive but it remained to be seen how the pieces would come together. Of course, it would have been impossible for those pieces to fit if Faulk never entered the fray.

                                Faulk got to St. Louis without a new contract in hand and wasn’t even sure he wanted to be here. After careful consideration, Faulk decided to give the Rams a shot before he made a decision.

                                “I took my time and I thought about it and I think the best thing that I did was I decided to go to minicamp and I got a chance to be around the likes of Isaac Bruce, Trent Green, etc,” Faulk said. “I got an opportunity to see that this team was...
                                -12-19-2007, 04:44 PM
                              • RamWraith
                                Faulk retirement articles and comments
                                by RamWraith
                                Multitalented Faulk one-of-a-kind in St. Louis

                                By Jeff Gordon
                                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                                03/22/2007

                                Marshall Faulk is the greatest professional football player St. Louis has ever employed.

                                This claim is not meant to disparage the football Cardinals, a proud franchise that sent one tremendous player after another to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Larry Wilson, Jackie Smith, Dan Dierdorf and Roger Wehrli stand among the greatest to ever play their sport.

                                It’s a shame they never had a owner who measured up.

                                I don’t want to overlook contemporary Rams stars like Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Orlando Pace and Kurt Warner -– four other stalwarts from “The Greatest Show on Turf.” At least a couple of those Super Bowl heroes also will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, some day.

                                But Faulk was the Next Level of competition. He was one of the elite talents in NFL history, but that is just the start of his story. We’ve seen a lot of highly gifted football players come and go without making much of an impact.

                                Faulk offered so much more.

                                TOUGHNESS: He took a beating. He played hurt. He willed himself forward despite needing one operation after another to repair his battered knees.

                                Faulk’s career highlight might have come at the end of the difficult 2000 season. With the Rams facing a must-win situation at New Orleans, his hometown, he led the Rams into the playoffs with a remarkable 220-yard, three-TD performance.

                                Plowing into the teeth of the physical Saints defense, Faulk refused to let the Rams lose. He single-handedly kept his team alive.

                                Faulk and his teammates couldn’t repeat that performance against the Saints in the playoffs, but his stand that afternoon was memorable.

                                SMARTS: Faulk knew the “Air Martz” offense as well as Warner did. He knew all the plays. He understood the intent of the plays. He got the philosophy behind them. He studied defenses, too, so he could read them on the field and made adjustments accordingly.

                                His command of this revolutionary scheme allowed him to attack defenses every way possible. He lined up all over the field. He often went in motion. His receiving skills matched his running ability. He blocked blitzing linebackers when needed, too.

                                In their heyday, the Rams dared opponents to blitz -– trusting their ability to counter-attack, typically by getting the ball to Faulk.

                                LEADERSHIP: On the field, Faulk barked out commands and policed his teammates. If a player didn’t get the concept of the “hurry up” offense, Faulk would pick him up off the turf and direct him to his spot in the formation. On the field, he was a second quarterback.

                                Off the field, he had maintained his teammates’ respect. If Faulk could take game tapes home for additional review, shouldn’t lesser players do the same?
                                ...
                                -03-23-2007, 06:07 AM
                              • ramstough39
                                At the end of Jackon's career...
                                by ramstough39
                                Will he be known as "better" than Marshall Faulk?

                                No, I don't think he will be, in my opinion. I think nobody can truly be like Faulk -- a back that could run the ball helping you out on the tough yardage; 'caught the ball; blocked and really made some nice ones for Kurt Warner back in the hayday; and last but not least, he motivated our St. Louis Rams' offense for years, becoming a true team leader, and I just don't see Jackson doing ALL of those. Then again, that's just my opinion.

                                I apologize if this has been asked before, but I'm just trying to spark ClanRam from all of the "Why Linehan why?"-type threads, and all the sadness that has been going around. No, I don't get online often (don't have the time, realistically. However, I do visit alot, just it's the fact I don't have the time and chance to post.)

                                I'm just looking to read some opinions, and etc. from other fellow Rams fans.

                                Thanks.

                                GO RAMS!
                                -11-15-2006, 03:39 PM
                              • RamWraith
                                Faulk will announce his retirement per NFL.com
                                by RamWraith
                                Just announced on NFL Network.

                                Press Conference to be held Monday.

                                As always, Faulk knew what he had to do

                                By Adam Schefter
                                NFL Analyst

                                (March 22, 2007) -- For 12 NFL seasons, all the way up until his retirement from the game became official today, running back Marshall Faulk had all the right moves.

                                We watched feet that moved as if he were dancing with the stars. We watched hands so dependable, it was as if they were drenched with stick-um. We watched plays that no other running back in the game could make.

                                Yet for all the yards he gained, for all the passes he caught, for all the touchdowns he scored, what fans couldn't see was one of the primary reasons -- maybe the primary reason -- Faulk should be taking up residence in Canton four years from now.

                                It was what was under the helmet.

                                Faulk didn't just have a beautiful mind, he had a football mind.

                                Outside of quarterbacks, and maybe even including quarterbacks, there weren't any players any smarter than Faulk. He was the proverbial Smartest Guy in the Room. To this day, his former head coach Mike Martz thinks Faulk might just be the smartest player he has ever coached.

                                With his vision and awareness, Faulk understood the game in a way others did not. He knew where each player was supposed to be on each play.

                                Especially himself. Faulk knew when it was safe to leave the backfield to go out for a pass, and he knew when he had to step behind to pick up a blitzing safety, as he did in Super Bowl XXXIV, on the play in which Kurt Warner threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Torry Holt to give the Rams a 16-0 lead.

                                Of all his attributes, this was Faulk's greatest: the centerpiece of the Greatest Show on Turf could beat you with his brawn or his brains.

                                The same brains that made him so effective on the football field made him a great analyst in his rookie season at NFL Network. He saw things other analysts did not. He made comments few others could. Few have ever started their TV careers with as much success as Faulk had over the past year. He was, unquestionably, the TV Rookie of the Year.

                                And now, Faulk has used that same brain to make his latest and last intelligent football decision. Instead of taking another hit, Faulk has dished one out himself. He has informed the Rams, and the football world, that he's retiring.

                                Faulk, who grew up on the streets of New Orleans before going on to star in Indianapolis and St. Louis, is smart enough to recognize that this is the right time to go.

                                One more time, Faulk is scampering away, unable to be brought down.
                                -03-22-2007, 02:34 PM
                              • RamWraith
                                St. Louis fans might have seen the last of Faulk
                                by RamWraith
                                By Bernie Miklasz
                                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                                12/24/2005



                                If this was Marshall Faulk's final home game, his old friends made sure to mark the moment, this potential passage of time, by saying goodbye to No. 28.

                                Wide receiver Isaac Bruce and offensive tackle Orlando Pace, two Rams who have been with Faulk the longest, gave him a hug as a selection of Faulk's career highlights played on the stadium video board at the end of Sunday's 24-20 loss to the San Francisco *****.

                                When Faulk came to the Rams in 1999, they were nothing. And he picked up the football and ran to places this franchise had never gone before. The other Rams followed Faulk to two Super Bowls and five trips to the playoffs, and they conspired with him to produce an adventure-ride, thrill-a-minute offense.

                                And now as Faulk walked off his home field for perhaps the last time as a Ram, the full-circle aspect of his career came to a close. In blowing a 20-7 lead, the soft Rams allowed no-name running backs to become Jim Brown and Gale Sayers for the day. The loss squished the Rams' record to 5-10, and they are nothing again, just as they were before Faulk entered the building in 1999.

                                "If it was his last day here, I'm truly embarrassed," Bruce said. "Because it was an embarrassing game. Embarrassing to Marshall and embarrassing to the city of St. Louis.

                                "And if this was it for him here, I want to thank him. I'm a fan of football, and a fan of his, and he's done a lot to extend my career. When Marshall came here he made everyone better. He made his teammates better. He made his coaches better coaches. He put the organization on another level, as far as being a top-flight organization."

                                Don't close the door to The Ed just yet. Faulk could return in 2006. If he retires, or if he's released or traded, the Rams would absorb a salary-cap hit of about $4 million. It makes more sense (and dollars) to ask him to continue in a reserve role behind Steven Jackson. And Faulk still has an urge to play.

                                "Right now I feel like I do," Faulk said. "But I'm going to sit down when the season's over and make a decision. It's hard to say. I've been playing football for a long time, and it's something that I love doing. To just give you a quick answer after a hard loss to a division opponent, wouldn't even be right."

                                Faulk surely must believe he has something to offer a team willing to tap into his rushing-receiving skills. Finishing his 12th NFL season, Faulk has lost speed, and his knees can't physically endure the punishment of handling the ball 20, 25 times a game.

                                That said, he isn't John Unitas stumbling around in a San Diego Chargers uniform, or Joe Namath limping to the line of scrimmage for the Los Angeles Rams. Faulk can still play, still go, still make a difference if used properly....
                                -12-25-2005, 05:26 AM
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