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Marc Bulger
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Bulger in 2004
No. 10, 9
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1977-04-05) April 5, 1977 (age 42)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Central Catholic
(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
College:West Virginia
NFL Draft:2000 / Round: 6 / Pick: 168
Career history
* New Orleans Saints ( 2000)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* 2× Pro Bowl (2003, 2006)
Career NFL statistics
TDINT:122–93
Passing yards:22,814
Passer rating:84.4
Player stats at NFL.com

Marc Robert Bulger (/ˈbʊlər/; born April 5, 1977) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons, almost entirely with the St. Louis Rams. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft and was also a member of the Atlanta Falcons before joining the Rams and later served as a backup quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens. However, Bulger never played a regular season game for any of the Saints, Falcons or Ravens.

College careerEdit

Bulger played college football at West Virginia University. He was a sport management major.

StatisticsEdit

  • 1997: 168/284 (59.2%) for 2,128 yards and 12 touchdowns vs. 9 interceptions. 46 carries for -65 yards and 2 touchdowns.
  • 1998: 274/419 (65.4%) for 3,607 yards and 31 touchdowns vs. 10 interceptions. 33 carries for -92 yards.
  • 1999: 143/237 (60.3%) for 1,709 yards and 11 touchdowns vs. 13 interceptions. 24 carries for -122 yards and 1 touchdown.

Professional careerEdit

New Orleans SaintsEdit

Bulger was originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft and spent training camp with the team before being waived.

Atlanta FalconsEdit

Bulger spent two weeks on the practice squad of the Atlanta Falcons during the 2000 season.

St. Louis RamsEdit

After spending time on the St. Louis Rams practice squad late in the 2000 season, Bulger was re-signed by the Rams on January 12, 2001.

Bulger did not see action in any contests during his first season with the Rams; he was inactive as the third quarterback for 16 regular season games and all three postseason contests.

2002 season Edit

In 2002, after the Rams started 0-5, Bulger filled in for an injured 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, but Bulger was injured early in a game against the Seattle Seahawks and the Rams ended the season at 7-9.

2003 season Edit

Bulger entered the 2003 season as Warner's backup, but was promoted to No. 1 on the depth chart after Warner committed five turnovers and suffered a concussion in an opening week loss to the New York Giants. Bulger then led the Rams to a regular-season record of 12–4, securing the NFC West title and a first-round bye. The Rams went on to lose a heartbreaking double-overtime thriller to the eventual NFC Champion Carolina Panthers in the divisional round of the playoffs. Bulger made the Pro Bowl where he was the game’s MVP.

2004 season Edit

File:Marc Bulger in Rams locker room 2004-10-07.jpg

Bulger’s performance in 2003 solidified his position as the Rams' starting quarterback. Warner was released in June 2004, and the Rams signed Bulger to a four-year, $19.1 million contract. The Rams went 8–8 in 2004, narrowly losing the division to the heavily favored Seattle Seahawks, but earned a wild-card berth in a mediocre NFC.

The Rams defeated Seattle for a third time in the wild-card round, but lost the following week at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Round by a wide 47–17 margin.

2005 season Edit

On October 17, against the Indianapolis Colts, Bulger injured his right shoulder. After missing two games, he returned to the field on November, 20 against the Arizona Cardinals where he re-injured his shoulder. He was then placed on IR on December 25, 2005.[1] He finished the 2005 season with 14 Touchdowns, 9 Interceptions and a 94.4 passer rating.[2]

2006 season Edit

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.[3]

2007 season Edit

On July 28, 2007, Bulger signed a six-year, $62.5 million contract extension with the Rams, making him the highest-paid player in Rams history. The contract included $27 million in guaranteed money and put him in a group of six quarterbacks making $10 million a year or more. Bulger had one year remaining on a four-year, $19.1 million contract, which would have paid him $4 million in 2007.[4] In the 2007 season, Bulger was plagued with injuries through the entire season as was the entire team. Injuries on the offensive line took effect as he threw more interceptions than touchdowns for the first time in his career. He was considered one of the biggest disappointments of the season, which saw the Rams slump to 3–13.

2008 season Edit

File:Marc-Bulger-Rams-vs-Jets-Nov-9-08.jpg

On September 23, 2008, after starting 0–3, Bulger lost his starting role to Trent Green.[5] However, seven days later, new head coach Jim Haslett named Marc Bulger the starting quarterback for the rest of the season.[6] On November 9, 2008 vs the Jets, Haslett replaced Bulger with Green after halftime after the Jets took a 40–0 lead in the first half, cued by four first half Rams turnovers.

A week later he was put back in as starting quarterback. His performances improved slightly as the year went on, but he still turned in another lackluster season with more interceptions than touchdowns and continuously declining completion percentages.

2009 season Edit

Bulger was placed on season-ending injured reserve on December 26, 2009, as the Rams slumped to a franchise-worst 1–15 record, and a 6–42 record for the three seasons from 2007 to 2009. He had thrown just five touchdown passes during the 2009 season, although his statistics remained where they had been in 2007 and 2008, apart from an improved interception percentage of 2.4 percent vis-à-vis 4 percent.

Bulger asked for, and was granted, his release by the Rams on April 5, 2010, his 33rd birthday.

Baltimore RavensEdit

On June 23, 2010, Bulger reached an agreement with the Baltimore Ravens on a one-year, $3.8 million deal that also had the possibility of increasing to $5.8 million through incentives.[7] However, Bulger spent the entire season backing up Joe Flacco and never played a single snap.

RetirementEdit

Although several teams were interested in signing him, Bulger announced his retirement from football on August 2, 2011.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

Passing Stats
Year Team G-S Passing
Comp.-Att.
Yards Pct. TD Int. Long Sacks-Lost Pass
Rating
2001 St. Louis 0-0
2002 St. Louis 7-7 138-214 1,826 64.5 14 6 58 12-102 101.5
2003 St. Louis 15-15 336-532 3,845 63.2 22 22 45 37-288 81.4
2004 St. Louis 14-14 321-485 3,964 66.2 21 14 77t 41-302 93.7
2005 St. Louis 8-8 192-287 2,297 66.9 14 9 67t 26-188 94.4
2006 St. Louis 16-16 370-558 4,301 62.9 24 8 87t 49-366 92.9
2007 St. Louis 12-12 221-378 2,392 58.5 11 15 68 37-269 70.3
2008 St. Louis 15-15 251-440 2,720 57.0 11 13 80t 38-263 71.4
2009 St. Louis 9-8 140-247 1,469 56.7 5 6 50 14-85 70.7
2010 Baltimore 0-0 0-0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0-0 0.0
Totals 96-95 1,969-3,171 22,814 62.1 122 93 87t 254-1,863 84.4

Personal lifeEdit

Bulger was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Sacred Heart Middle School and Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh.[9] He comes from a family of collegiate athletes. His father, Jim, was a quarterback for Notre Dame from 1970–73. His brother Jim was on the Notre Dame golf team, sister Kate was drafted into the WNBA, and youngest sister Meg was a standout guard for his alma mater, West Virginia. Bulger married Mavis Armbruster and has two daughters.[10] His mother is of Irish descent.[citation needed] As of 2017, he now lives in Brentwood, Tennessee.[11]

Since retirement, Bulger has picked up the sport of curling.[12] He played in the 2018 Curl Mesabi Classic, which is an event of the World Curling Tour. He threw lead rocks for the John Benton team, which included fellow retired football player Jared Allen.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2267449
  2. http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/2299/marc-bulger
  3. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2656381
  4. USA Today
  5. http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stories.nsf/sports/rams/story/b605f70073ab0699862574cd005abbe2?OpenDocument[dead link]
  6. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3618158
  7. http://blogs.baltimoreravens.com/2010/06/23/ravens-agree-to-terms-with-qb-bulger/
  8. Schefter, Adam (August 3, 2011). "Marc Bulger retires from NFL". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/6829533/ex-st-louis-rams-starter-marc-bulger-retires-nfl-11-seasons. Retrieved August 3, 2011.
  9. "Marc Robert Bulger". datbaseBasketball.com. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20121023021500/http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=BULGEMAR01. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  10. "Down on the farm: Bulger's life after football takes unexpected twist". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. July 19, 2016. https://www.stltoday.com/sports/football/professional/down-on-the-farm-bulger-s-life-after-football-takes/article_4b75eef0-c726-5532-9b1a-b300010f208b.html. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  11. Lara, Julio (January 23, 2017). "Ex-Rams QB Marc Bulger Finally Sells Missouri Home, Then Buys in Tennessee". https://www.realtor.com/news/celebrity-real-estate/marc-bulger-sells-and-buys/. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  12. https://sports.yahoo.com/jared-allen-evidently-serious-winning-curling-medal-olympics-233810139.html
  13. http://www.worldcurl.com/events.php?view=Teams&eventid=5366

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