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    Since it's the slow time of year for us football junkies, I thought it might be fun to note the similarities between a former standout Ram and a current 2010 draft pick: Az Zahir Hakim and Mardy Gilyard

    I'll start with Az ..

    Az-Zahir Hakim was selected 99th overall (4th rd) in 1998.
    Az's measureables at the time he was drafted were as follows:
    Height: 5'-9 & a half inches
    Weight: 175 lbs
    Forty yd dash: 4.45

    Mardy Gilyard was selected 96th overall (4th rd) in 2010. Mardy's measurables are very similar:
    Height: 6'-0"
    Weight: 187 lbs
    Forty yard dash at the NFL combine: 4.56 .. However he ran a much faster 40 at his pro day ..

    by Joe Fortenbaugh 3/10/10 (Joe I hear is good buddies with that Armen Dacity guy)

    The University of Cincinnati hosted its pro day on Wednesday with several NFL representatives on hand to evaluate some of the nation’s top talent. Most notably, wide receiver Mardy Gilyard.

    I just spoke with a league source who informed me that Gilyard ran a 4.44 and 4.51 in his two 40-yard-dash attempts on Wednesday—a big improvement from the 4.56 he turned in at the combine in Indianapolis at the end of February.

    In addition, the wide receiver had a 38.5-inch vertical jump and ran the three-cone drill in 6.71 seconds.


    Gilyard—one of college football’s most dangerous players in 2009—caught 87 passes for 1,191 yards with 11 touchdowns for the 12-1 Bearcats last season. He scored 22 receiving touchdowns in his last two years at Cincinnati.

    Additionally both Az and Gilyard were very dangerous return men in college, and I see no reason why Mardy won't be able to contribute in that area immediately. At the college level, Mardy played his best against the best competition - he came up big in the biggest games. Anyone else think we may have a star in the making .. Thoughts??

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    Hopefully Mardy can hold on to the ball during returns!
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      Re: A comparison of two wide receivers ..

      And hopefully Spags doesn't have the impatience of a child like Martz with Hakim if Gilyard accidentally makes a silly mistake because the poor guy has been through a lot.


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      • r8rh8rmike
        Gilyard Shows Perseverance
        by r8rh8rmike
        Gilyard shows perseverance

        BY JIM THOMAS
        04/26/2010


        Mardy Gilyard did a little bit of everything waiting for his name to be called during the NFL draft. He watched some of the draft coverage on TV. He went outside to relax with his family. Played with his dog. Went fishing.

        But Round 1 on Thursday, and Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, came and went without his name called. When he finally got the call Saturday morning, he was about to go crabbing.

        Crabbing?

        "Crabbing is an old school way of catching crabs," Gilyard said Saturday in a conference call with St. Louis reporters. "I'm from the backwoods, and we're country folk back here. ... Chicken necks (as bait), string and netting — just kind of catching crabs.



        "We're actually throwing a big party for me here in a couple hours, so I've got to be the man to bring back some crabs. Everybody loves seafood."

        Everybody loves a good human interest story, too, and that's Gilyard, the University of Cincinnati wide receiver drafted in the fourth round by the Rams.

        Less than four months earlier, Gilyard had related some of his experiences growing up to reporters attending the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, once breaking down into tears. He grew up in poverty and with an allegedly abusive father in Bunnell, Fla., a tiny town near the northeast coast of Florida.

        They ate mayonnaise sandwiches. And syrup sandwiches. Took their cereal with water when there was no milk. And when there was milk, sometimes added sugar to it for added flavor. Gilyard said he was so skinny he was "like a lollipop."

        At times the electricity was shut off because the bills weren't paid. But with the help of his mother, Viola Gilyard Crudup, and his older brother Otis (now a Flagler County, Fla., police officer), Gilyard got through. All the way through to a football scholarship far away from home in Ohio.

        But there were struggles and heartache in Cincinnati as well. Following his freshman season in 2005, Gilyard had his scholarship pulled because of academic problems. Unable to afford tuition and housing, Gilyard worked three jobs: construction, pizza delivery and selling cutlery door-to-door. For months, he slept in a car.

        By the fall of '07 he had righted himself, was back in school, and back on the team. The rest is, well, Bearcats history. As a junior in '08, Gliyard was named All-Big East Conference as a receiver and a returner, catching 82 passes for a school-record 1,276 yards and scoring two touchdowns on kickoff returns.

        As a senior last fall, Gilyard was an All-American, finishing second nationally in all-purpose yards, averaging 206.9 a game. He caught a school-record 87 passes for 1,191 yards, and added two more TDs on kickoff returns and another TD on a punt return.
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      • Varg6
        Rams rookie Mardy Gilyard goes from 'Rags to Riches'
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        Per Yahoo

        By Chris Chase

        Four years ago, Mardy Gilyard(notes) had his athletic scholarship revoked, was working four jobs in order to pay a $10,000 debt to the school and spent his nights homeless in a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am. Now, he's an NFL wide receiver.

        After being kicked out of the University of Cincinnati for academic reasons following his freshman year, Gilyard wanted to return home to Florida, a move which likely would have ended his football career. His mom and older brother convinced him to stay in Ohio, though, and Gilyard says during that stretch he grew up from the "knucklehead, arrogant, cocky, immature" kid he was. He worked four jobs (including as a pizza delivery man and door-to-door knife salesman) in order to fulfill his financial obligation to the school, a decision which paid off when new Coach Brian Kelly(notes) reinstated him to the team. Gilyard left the Bearcats as the all-time leading receiver in school history.

        The offense-deficient Rams selected him with the first pick in the fourth round of last month's draft and expect the smooth route-runner to contribute this year alongside fellow rookie Sam Bradford(notes). Gilyard also returned punts during last weekend's minicamp.

        Give me a guy like Gilyard any day over a player with more talent but questionable work ethic. Success and failure in the NFL has much less to do with 40 times and bench press reps than it does with wanting it and knowing what it takes to get it. Gilyard could have turned his back on his debt, moved home and harbored delusions of making the NFL without ever really working for it. Instead, he lived in a car, paid off the money he owed, got back in the good graces of Cincinnati and earned his spot in the NFL.
        "I went from rags to riches," he told USA Today.

        "It just showed I'm a hard worker and that I could fight through adversity. That's all the game of football is: It's about fighting through adversity."

        If that's the case, Gilyard should have a long and prosperous career in the front of him.
        -05-12-2010, 05:58 AM
      • MauiRam
        Gilyard will bring talent and personality with him to Rams
        by MauiRam
        Combination of 'Bradford-to-Gilyard' hopefully will become a common refrain ..

        By Alvin Reid

        Tuesday, April 27, 2010

        Forget Sam Bradford; the guy to talk to this weekend during the St. Louis Rams rookie minicamp will be fourth-round pick Mardy Gilyard.

        Sure the cameras will follow the first-round quarterback phenom’s every move. But the guy who will most likely catch most of his passes at the Russell Training Center is bringing more than talent to this team.

        Gilyard has flair; personality; panache.

        He also wasn’t disappointed at being drafted in the fourth round; many scouts and NFL personnel staffs had him being selected a bit higher.

        "I thought I was going to be one of the top guys taken as far as wide receivers,” he said during a conference call Saturday. “But God has a plan for everybody, so I just tried to stay focused and deal with it.”

        Gilyard’s college career shows that he lost focus in the classroom, regained it while playing in a football league most of us never heard of and grew into a top-echelon receiver.

        And all this happened after he played cornerback as a freshman.

        While driving to Florida in March I heard Gilyard on a national show and became a fan. He was witty while telling the story of his trip to the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and clever while working the “$5 dollar foot-long” Subway song into the interview.

        Listeners had to laugh as he described NFL scouts and doctors “pulling on my big toe and twisting it.”

        “I had stubbed my toe two years ago, didn’t miss a practice let alone a game. But they all kept asking “how’s the toe?'" he said.

        He made an impression on the St. Louis media when asked what he was going to do during the remaining hours of Saturday after he was selected.

        “I’m about to go crabbing,” he said from his Bunnell, Fla., home and cracked the place up when he said the desired bait is chicken necks.

        In fact, he was responsible for catching some of the dinner for the draft party at his home later that evening.

        The Rams added wide receiver Mardy Gilyard from Cincinnati with their pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
        “Crabbing is an old school way of catching crabs. I’m from the backwoods and we’re country folk back here, so we’ll be in the backlands or the backwoods here in Florida not too far from where my parents stay at. It’s just old school - chicken necks, string and netting - just kind of catching crabs. Go for what you know,” he explained.

        “We’re actually throwing a big party for me here in a couple hours, so I’ve got to be the man to bring back some crabs. “

        He certainly won some female fans when he admitted that he calls his mother “my sugar wooga ooga booga” and “my everything.”

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        -04-27-2010, 05:14 PM
      • Rambunctious
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        He sure isn't talking like a one and done.



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        UC alum preps for 2nd NFL season

        By Spencer Dennis | TNR Contributor
        Published: Sunday, May 8, 2011
        Updated: Sunday, May 8, 2011 13:05




        Mardy Gilyard, the most decorated wideout in Bearcat football history and the 99th selection of the 2010 draft, remembers his proverbial "Welcome to the NFL" hit.
        He knows it came in week two against the Oakland Raiders, but not who the culprit was.
        "To [be] honest, I don't even know [who hit me]," Gilyard said. "I just knew it was a truck."
        The former first-team all-American posted a disappointing rookie campaign in which caught just six passes for 63 yards. Gilyard received a signing bonus worth more than $500,000 for signing his four-year, $2.3 million contract with the St. Louis Rams.
        With his near-future secure, Gilyard is focused on crafting his game while avoiding the distractions that come with being a rich, young pro.
        "You have all this money now, all this fame now," Gilyard said. "All of a sudden you're a celebrity overnight and everyone wants a piece of you."
        On the rare occasion that Gilyard does have free time, he prefers the company of veteran teammates. Super Bowl winning defensive tackle Fred "Feezy" Robbins and pro-bowl running back Steven "Jebediah" Jackson.
        "I pluck a lot of veteran's brains," Gilyard said "Fred Robbins, [who won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants], I call him ‘Feezy.' Stephen Jackson, I call him ‘Jebediah' because he looks so old school. These guys are not going to lead me astray because they have the best interest of the team in mind."
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        "That [lockout] is too complicated," Gilyard said. "I don't know anything about it."
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        -05-10-2011, 07:44 AM
      • tomahawk247
        Rams rookie Gilyard robbed at gunpoint
        by tomahawk247
        St. Louis Rams rookie receiver Mardy Gilyard, a fourth-round pick out of the University of Cincinnati, was robbed at gunpoint near the Cincinnati campus Monday night.

        WLWT reports that Gilyard was walking with another man just after 9:30 p.m. when two men approached, one holding a gun. Gilyard had a $500 necklace and $90 in cash taken from him.

        Police have made no arrests, and no one was injured. There's no word on whether Gilyard, who was a star player for the Bearcats, was specifically targeted in the robbery.


        Taken from PFT
        Glad he escaped without any injuries
        -05-18-2010, 08:40 AM
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