Marc Bulger

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Marc Bulger
Marc Bulger 2004-10-07.jpg
Bulger in 2004
No. 10
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-04-05) April 5, 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Pittsburgh (PA) Central Catholic
College: West Virginia
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 6 / Pick: 168
Debuted in 2002 for the St. Louis Rams
Last played in 2009 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TD-INT 122-93
Passing yards 22,814
Passer rating 84.4
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. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at West Virginia.

Bulger was also a member of the Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, and Baltimore Ravens. He was the 2004 Pro Bowl MVP.

College career[edit]

Bulger played college football at West Virginia University where he holds 20 passing records including 8,153 passing yards. He was a sports management major.

Statistics[edit]

  • 1997: 168/284 (59.2%) for 2,128 yards and 12 TD vs. 9 INT. 46 carries for -65 yards and 2 TD.
  • 1998: 274/419 (65.4%) for 3,607 yards and 31 TD vs. 10 INT. 33 carries for -92 yards and 0 TD.
  • 1999: 143/237 (60.3%) for 1,709 yards and 11 TD vs. 13 INT. 24 carries for -122 yards and 1 TD.

Professional career[edit]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

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 Falcons[edit]

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

St. Louis Rams[edit]

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]

In 2003, Bulger helped lead the Rams to a regular-season record of 12-4 and the division championship; the Rams lost to the Carolina Panthers in the second round of the playoffs after having earned a bye in the first round.

2004 season[edit]

Bulger with a fan in October of 2004.

In June 2004, Warner was released and Bulger was named the Rams' starting quarterback. The Rams signed Bulger to a four-year $19.1 million contract. Bulger was also MVP of the 2004 Pro Bowl. After the 2006 season, Bulger was selected as a reserve the Pro Bowl, after recording an NFL-best eight games with a quarterback passing rating of more than 100. It marked the second time that he was voted to the Pro Bowl.

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 NFL 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 2007 season, in which the Rams slumped to 3-13.

2008 season[edit]

Bulger, during his tenure with St. Louis in November 2008.

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]

2009 season[edit]

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 4 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.

Bulger was placed on season-ending injured reserve on December 26, 2009.

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

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

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.

Retirement[edit]

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

Career statistics[edit]

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[edit]

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 baby girls named Elsa and Iris. His mother is of Irish descent.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marshall Faulk
Rams Most Valuable Player Award
2002
Succeeded by
Torry Holt
Preceded by
Torry Holt
Rams Most Valuable Player Award
2004
Succeeded by
Torry Holt
Preceded by
Ricky Williams (2002)
Pro Bowl MVP
2003
Succeeded by
Peyton Manning (2004)