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    Ramsdell has become a fixture with Rams
    By Lori Shontz
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Saturday, Sep. 11 2004


    Son of a small-college coach in Pennsylvania. Running back - and two-year
    letterman at Springfield (Mass.) College. Graduate student in physical
    education and volunteer football coach at San Francisco State. Receivers coach,
    University of Oregon.

    Nope, John Ramsdell never really expected that such a path would lead him to a
    10-year career as an assistant coach in the NFL - and a Super Bowl ring. But it
    did.

    Said Ramsdell, "It's like winning the lottery."

    Perhaps wide receiver Isaac Bruce gets all the glory for being part of all 10
    Rams seasons in St. Louis, but Ramsdell - along with many in the front office
    and training staff - has been here the whole time, too.

    Unlike Bruce, Ramsdell has performed in a variety of roles, from the
    entry-level "offensive assistant," (his first job, when he followed his boss at
    Oregon, Rich Brooks, to the Rams in 1995) to tight ends coach to H-backs coach
    to quarterbacks coach to wide receivers coach.

    This season, he is coaching the Rams' quarterbacks.

    Ramsdell has managed to stay on the staff through three head coaches, no easy
    accomplishment in the transient world of assistant coaches. The transition from
    Dick Vermeil to Mike Martz, he said, was simple - "it was the same staff." But
    sticking when Vermeil took over for Brooks, he said, was "a luck-out."

    He never had met Vermeil. But after a week of limbo, in which he assumes the
    well-prepared Vermeil checked up on his credentials, Ramsdell was retained.

    Long before he decided to major in physical education, Ramsdell knew he wanted
    to be a coach.

    "I didn't go to college to find myself," he said.

    His goal, however, was to work at the major college level. Instead, he has
    spent longer with the Rams than at any other stop in his career.

    "I just took it where it went," he said.

    Among Ramsdell's favorite memories of the past 10 years are, of course, the
    Super Bowl win. He also fondly remembers the team's first game in St. Louis,
    played in Busch Stadium.

    As for how long he plans to say with the Rams, Ramsdell hasn't thought about
    it.

    "I never predict the future," he said. "There's enough going on around here to
    keep you occupied."


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