Former Rams' Quarterback Marc Bulger Retires

By Johnny Machurek

According to the Baltimore Ravens website 10-year veteran and former St. Louis Rams‘ quarterback Marc Bulger has retired.  “I am grateful to all my former team mates, coaches and my family,” Bulger told ESPN. “I have a special place in my heart for coach (former St. Louis head coach Mike) Martz for giving me an opportunity.”

Drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of West Virginia, was waived at the end of training camp by the Saints and than spent two week with the Atlanta Falcons‘ practice squad before signing with the Rams.  He wouldn’t see the playing field until 2002 filling in for Jamie Martin who had been filling in for the injured Kurt Warner, and finished the season with a 6-0 record in games that he both started and finished.

Bulger will be most remembered for his time with the Rams where he lead them to two playoff appearances in 2003 and 2004 and was a two-time Pro Bowler in 2003 and 2006 and was the MVP of the 2003 Pro Bowl.  On September 10, 2006, in a game against the Denver Broncos, Bulger reached 1,000 completions faster than any quarterback in NFL history. Bulger achieved this in 45 games, two games less than ex-Rams QB Kurt Warner. Drew Bledsoe and Peyton Manning needed 48 games, and it took Dan Marino 49.

2008 was a tumultuous year for Bulger, he and Trent Green revolved back and forth as the starter.  Bulger would play his last game as a member of the Rams on November 22, 2009, with as stat line of 19/37 215 yards 0 TD 1 INT. Bulger would ask for a release and was granted one by the team on his 33rd birthday, and than signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a backup.

Bulger would not see the field as a member of the Ravens.  Some rumors were going around the NFL that Bulger would sign with the Arizona Cardinals to be the starting quarterback but that was quelled when the team traded for Kevin Kolb last week.

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