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    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.

  • #2
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    You hate to see a legend go, but it probably was time. But since he is NOT playing this year, I can GUARANTEE one thing:



    • #3
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      Goodbye Faulk, Great career and will be a first ballot hall of famer.


      • #4
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        bye Mr. Faulk, u had a great career with a superbowl ring, im so glad that i was able to see u play


        • #5
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          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.

          Maybe the play that made it all happen for the Rams in the Super Bowl win. He stepped up and nailed the blitzing S giving Warner ample time to hit Holt for the TD. Faulk did that on numerous occassions.

          The very first home game of this season should be a ceremony with #28 being raised to the rafters of the ED, the number retired to never be worn again.


          • #6
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            Agreed TX. Honor him FIRST GAME this next year! When this guy arrived it literally turned the franchise around from the dark days of the early to mid 90s. No player ever made Ram football so much fun for me. Mr Faulk was a threat to break one all the way every time he touched the ball. IMO the equivalent of Magic Johnson in a football uniform...he could do it ALL! One of 2 1000/1000 men in the HISTORY of the game. A true difference maker. My all time favorite Ram. Thanks for the memories Marshall!
            "You people point your 'f'in' finger and say theres the bad guy....what that make you....good?" Tony Montana


            • #7
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              Long Live #28


              • #8
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                You shall be missed by us die hards...Be proud! You're a true Ram! Thank you for the memories my friend, we shall forever be in debt to the great 28.
                Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams


                • #9
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                  Thanks, Marshall. You're the reason my two girls like football. And going out like this instead of trying to relive the greatness is classy. I hope to see you on the Rams sidelines with a clipboard in your hands, leading us to more victories...

                  BTW, the little kid who followed you all around the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame says she wishes you lots of luck and you're still her favorite. (on a personal note....thanks for giving her a positive role model to look up to.)


                  • #10
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                    I was at a bar in Vancouver, Canada when I first heard the news that Faulk had been traded to the Rams. I was so excited that I was telling all my friends that things were changing for the Rams; the Rams were no longer going to be the sorry Rams. Of course they all laughed at me. But the great thing was....I was the one laughing at the end of the season. If I could meet Faulk I would tell him thanks for the memories and for putting his heart and soul into this team. It really did make a difference.


                    • #11
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                      TO MARSHALL FAULK , men play football , LEADERS OF MEN carry those men on to victory. You might not ever understand how much pride and happyness you have given to true rams fan's for giving us the total pleasure of watching you and your passion for this game .But also, that this franchise was the laugh of the town , and a mochery to football , until your arrival. you turned this team into an NFL elite, and record setting franchise. history and all men should always smile on you when the name MARSHAL FAULK is uttered. for you are the true ALL-PRO, the consumate player that all players should strive to be and in turn be measured. You my friend are a true winner, and you have made all RAM'S fan's winners for loving you. I hope the best for you is still to come, and i would hope that one day the RAM'S could repay you , Not with money, but the belief that you would someday be our coach, and THE LEADER OF MEN, CALLED RAM'S. YOUR FAN, KEITH MICHAEL KLINK.


                      • #12
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                        Do you guys think he's worthy of getting his number retired? I think he's more than worthy...


                        • #13
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                          I'v always been a fan of the RB's and Marshall is on the top of my list. Thanks Marshall Marshall Marshall.


                          • #14
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                            I hope everything went down well in the end. Last I heard Marshall was saying that he still wanted to play this year and than all of a sudden, this....Well, if it didn't I'm sure it will rear its ugly head soon enough. You will be missed my friend and thank you.


                            • #15
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                              Maybe this is just a publicity stunt and then he will pull a Brett Farve and announce one more year...Uno mas!
                              LA RAMMER

                              It's Jim not Chris


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                                by RamWraith
                                Multitalented Faulk one-of-a-kind in St. Louis

                                By Jeff Gordon
                                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

                                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, 05:07 AM
                              • 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, 03:44 PM
                              • RamWraith
                                St. Louis fans might have seen the last of Faulk
                                by RamWraith
                                By Bernie Miklasz
                                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

                                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, 04:26 AM
                              • RamWraith
                                Faulk Prepares for Life After Football
                                by RamWraith
                                Wednesday, August 16, 2006

                                By Nick Wagoner

                                Senior Writer

                                Marshall Faulk began preparing for life after the NFL a long time ago. Now, he is beginning the adjustment of what life away from the league will be like.

                                Faulk will make his debut on NFL Network this evening at 7 on the network’s signature show “NFL Total Access.” Faulk will serve as an analyst on the show this season as he sits out the year following offseason knee surgery.

                                “I had come to grips with that a long time ago,” Faulk said Wednesday. “I gave myself five years then I gave myself 10 years and I ended up playing 12. I have been fortunate. The position I have played is a heavy impact position. You just can’t expect a long life span out of it. There is a lot of luck that is involved. I have had a lot of it. There is a little bit of unfortunate luck right now that I can’t come back so let it be. I am happy with it.”

                                While Faulk has stopped short of declaring his NFL career over, he does have another year after this on his contract, it certainly appears that it’s a realistic possibility that he has played his final NFL game. Still, Faulk said he is leaving the door open for a return to the Rams next season.

                                “The knee is coming along slowly,” Faulk said. “I am rehabbing right now. I’m just taking it easy. That’s all.

                                I’m taking it year to year. I am working out. I am rehabbing. That’s it. If it feels good enough to where I can go out there and feel comfortable with what I can do then fine. If not, I’m fine.”

                                Faulk had reconstructive knee surgery on July 28 in Los Angeles , putting to rest any hopes of his playing this season. The Rams announced on July 21 that Faulk will be having surgery and wouldn’t play this year.

                                According to Faulk, though, that surgery might not have gone as well as hoped and there could be more surgery in his future.

                                At 33, Faulk knows that he has to start thinking about more than playing football again. The move to the NFL Network was the first step, but it could also determine how many more knee operations a running back with over 20,000 total yards of tread on his tires can handle.

                                “I’m going to take the next two to three months and rehab this thing and see how it goes,” Faulk said. “If this procedure doesn’t (make it) better and what I had done doesn’t get (the knee) better, then obviously…and not just for football but for life. I’ll have to have something else done.”

                                As speculation ran rampant in the offseason about Faulk’s future, he said he didn’t let any outside sources bother him. He contends that he didn’t make up his mind about his NFL future until a few days before the announcement by the...
                                -08-16-2006, 06:24 PM
                              • general counsel
                                Faulk as an announcer
                                by general counsel
                                I thought Marshall Faulk was tremendous as an announcer last night. In fact, i think he is too good for network tv. What i mean is that his analysis is so advanced that it will go over the head of more than half of the typical nfl audience. For people with the level of expertise of those who participate on this board, Faulk's insights are simply fantastic and a chance to get the views of one of the smartest players in the history of the game.

                                His descriptions of the assignments of different positions (ie linebacker coverage, receiver routes, offensive line blocking schemes etc) was light years beyond anything you typically hear from the yuckety yuck spewed by various alleged experts.

                                Orlando Pace is one of my all time favorite Rams, but i think his announcing future is limited.

                                As an aside, i think John Lynch is by far the best announcer out there for color commentary (excluding faulk)

                                ramming speed to all

                                general counsel
                                -08-27-2011, 04:30 PM