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Former Rams QB Marc Bulger Found a New Sport After He Retired From Football

Looking at former NFL quarterback Marc Bulger’s career, he was a member of four different teams but only saw action on the field with one. Bulger is most known for his time with the St. Louis Rams (now LA Rams) as he spent most of his NFL career with the team. 

He had a few good seasons with the Rams as he was selected to two Pro Bowls. After Bulger retired in 2011, he found an interest in a different sport unrelated to football.

Marc Bulger never played for the team that drafted him

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Before Bulger entered the NFL, he spent four years of college playing at West Virginia University. He had his best season his junior year in 1998. Bulger threw for 3,607 yards and 31 touchdowns as he was named a second-team All-Big East selection. Bulger finished his career at West Virginia, throwing for 8,153 yards and 59 touchdowns. After his career at West Virginia, he was selected in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints.

Bulger spent time in training camp with the Saints but ended up being waived from the team. Looking to find another team to join, Bulger was picked up by the Atlanta Falcons and spent time on their practice squad. During the 2000 season, Bulger was released from the Falcons practice squad, and he joined the Rams practice squad. After spending time on the Rams practice squad, the team re-signed him for the 2001 season.

During his first season with the Rams, he did not see any action on the field as he was the third-string quarterback. The Rams had a lot of success during the 2001 season as they advanced to the Super Bowl, losing to the New England Patriots. 

Marc Bulger became the starting quarterback for the Rams

After starting the 2000 season on multiple practice teams and serving as the third-string quarterback in 2001, Bulger finally got to make his NFL debut during the 2002 season. The Rams were struggling at the quarterback position as Kurt Warner, and Jamie Martin dealt with injuries. Bulger stepped in and made the most of his opportunity. After the Rams started 0-5, Bulger took over as the quarterback and led the team to a 6-0 record before going down with an injury. The Rams finished the season with a 7-9 record. Bulger started in seven games and finished throwing for 1,826 yards and 14 touchdowns.

After the 2002 season, he became the starting quarterback for the Rams. Bulger had an impressive season in 2003 as he led the Rams to a 12-4 record. The Rams secured the NFC West title and had a first-round bye in the playoffs. They eventually lost to the Carolina Panthers in the divisional round of the playoffs. Bulger finished the season throwing for 3,845 yards and 22 touchdowns. He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl, and he won the game’s MVP award.

Bulger put together some impressive seasons during his career with the Rams. His best season with the Rams came in 2006 when he threw for 4,301 yards and 24 touchdowns. During the 2009 season, he was placed on season-ending injured reserve, which ended his career with the Rams. The Rams released him in 2010, and he signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens where he spent the 2010 season as Joe Flacco’s backup.

Marc Bulger drawing interest in curling

About two years ago, Bulger found himself learning a new sport with former NFL defensive end, Jared Allen. That sport was curling. Bulger wanted to try something new, and he took a liking to the sport. Allen and Bulger formed a curling team with two other former NFL players in Keith Bulluck and Michael Roos. 

With starting a new sport, Bulger had to learn the ins and outs of curling, and he talked about the experience of learning the sport in an article from worldcurling.org. “We’re learning nuances we had no clue about,” Bulgar said about curling. “Now that I’m learning curling, I’ve realized how important lead is. I feel like I lead them down a bad path when I hog one.”

Allen, who had the idea of putting the team together, has aspirations of competing in the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. “Our short-term goals are continually to get better: fundamentals, strategy, sweeping. We know if we master these little things, it will take us a long way,” Allen said in a Fox Sports article. The team attempted to qualify for the 2020 Olympics but failed to qualify after losing all four games during the 2018 World Curling Tour and losing three games during the 2019 US Men’s Challenge Round.

The competitive nature is still with Bulgar well after his NFL career ended, and he has found a sport that he enjoys playing and learning more about.