Veteran NFL QB Bulger retires

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BALTIMORE -- Veteran quarterback Marc Bulger will retire rather than accept an offer to return for another season in the NFL, according to a report.

The Baltimore Sun reported on its website Wednesday that Bulger, who didn't take a snap as the backup to Ravens starter Joe Flacco last season, received offers from other teams this offseason that he chose not to pursue.

Bulger told ESPN.com that he was retiring and said he was "excited to continue doing work through my foundation to help the men and women in uniform who risk their lives everyday so we can enjoy the game of football."

Best known for the time he spent as a starter for the St. Louis Rams, Bulger made two Pro Bowls in his career after being selected by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round (No. 168 overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft out of West Virginia.

He started at least 14 games four different times for the Rams, including all 16 in 2006. He passed for 22,814 yards, 122 touchdowns and 93 interceptions in 96 games with St. Louis, including 95 starts.

Bulger, 34, signed a one-year contract with the Ravens last season after the Rams released him in April 2010.

But he never got a chance to play. The 26-year-old Flacco passed for 3,622 yards, 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while starting every game for the Ravens for the third straight season.


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