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So long Marc. You were terrible.


After 11 NFL seasons, including two in which he was selected to the Pro Bowl, former St. Louis Rams and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Marc Bulger said he is retiring.

Marc Bulger was good enough to take over the Greatest Show on Turf from Kurt Warner without missing a beat. But too much punishment absorbed behind depleted offensive lines cut his career short, writes Mike Sando. Blog

The 34-year-old Bulger could have continued playing this season and had opportunities to do so. There was interest in him from several teams, including Arizona, before the Cardinals traded for Kevin Kolb. But after mulling over his options, Bulger felt the best scenario was to retire.

Bulger singled out former Rams coach and current Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who made him a starter, in thanking those who supported him through his career.

"I am grateful to all my former teammates, coaches and my family," Bulger told ESPN.com on Wednesday morning. "I have a special place in my heart for coach Martz for giving me an opportunity.

"Moving forward, I'm excited to continue doing work through my foundation to help the men and women in uniform who risk their lives every day so we can enjoy the game of football."

The New Orleans Saints initially selected Bulger out of West Virginia in the sixth round of the 2000 draft. He bounced from New Orleans to St. Louis, where he eventually succeeded Kurt Warner.

During his NFL career, Bulger threw for 22,814 yards, 122 touchdowns, and 93 interceptions.

He is the third notable NFL player to retire in the past few weeks, joining wide receiver Randy Moss and quarterback Kerry Collins.

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