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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Marshall Faulk: Hall of Fame running back needs to lock it up

Former St. Louis Rams Hall of Fame running back Marshall Fault was in the news earlier this week for some of the comments he made regarding the Super Bowl loss the Rams suffered back in 2002 at the hands of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Of course, that Super Bowl is where the famous "spygate" occurred and Fault commented this week that he is still bothered by the fact that the Patriots may have had an unfair advantage.

"Am I over the loss? Yeah, I'm over the loss. But I'll never be over being cheated out of the Super Bowl. That's a different story. I can understand losing a Super Bowl, that's fine . . . But how things happened and what took place. Obviously, the commissioner gets to handle things how he wants to handle them but if they wanted us to shut up about what happened, show us the tapes. Don't burn 'em."

Faulk was one of the best running backs in NFL history during his playing days. He was the most dangerous player on the field everytime he put on the pads. Faulk has one of the highest football IQ's out there.

But, in this instance, Faulk simply needs to lock it up.

Faulk sounds ridiculous, complaining about a game that occurred 11 seasons ago. He sounds bitter, angry and unprofessional.

Why bring this up now? What is the point? Is it making anyone feel better about what happened?

Most Rams have are still upset about what happened in that game. The Rams were overwhelming favorites and many in the Gateway City were ready to celebrate the team's second Super Bowl victory in three seasons. The Greatest Show on Turf was destined to begin a dynasty. But instead, the Rams fell short and "spygate" was apart of it.

Nobody is arguing that it was wrong for the Patriots to cheat the way they did. Everyone feels that the NFL's handling of the situation was poor.

But why rehash something so trivial at this point? Why make yourself look like a crybaby and a whiner?

The Greatest Show on Turf did win a Super Bowl and was one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history. Faulk needs to be careful with his comments in order to maintain that reputation. Nobody wants to remember Marshall Faulk and the St. Louis Rams as a bunch of whiners.

Rams fans can appreciate Faulk's fire and he is right to be upset. But please Marshall, please stop talking about it. There is nothing that can be done now to change it and you are just setting yourself up for unnecessary scrutiny.

Corey Rudd is the owner and founder of StlSportsMinute.com and hosts The Cruddy Show (@CruddyShow), a St. Louis sports talk show, every Tuesday and Friday night at 9:30 pm CT.  You can also follow Rudd on Twitter (@CoreyRudd).