Posted: Thursday September 21, 2006 3:14PM; Updated: Thursday September 21, 2006 3:14PM
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Last week SI writer Richard Deitsch interviewed Marshall Faulk for the magazine's Q&A. The seven-time Pro Bowl running back is an analyst for the NFL Network as he rehabs his knee. Here are additional excerpts from the interview:
SI: You're sitting out this season with a knee injury. Do you expect to play next season?
Faulk: If I can get myself healthy, without a doubt.
SI: If you're unable to return from this knee injury, how difficult will that be to accept?
Faulk: If my last game was the game last January against the Cowboys in Texas Stadium, then so be it. I don't look back and reflect. I played more downs than most men will ever get to play.
SI: Is there any other team you would play for outside of the Rams?
Faulk: No. If there was not a role for me on that team, that would be it for my NFL career.
SI: You are a New Orleans native. You were in Detroit playing in an exhibition game when Hurricane Katrina first hit. What do you remember about those initial days?
Faulk: When you live in New Orleans or Down South, you go through hurricanes all the time. So that's no big deal. The hurricane wasn't what caused the brunt of the problem. It was when the flooding started. I was worried about my family when the hurricane was coming through but I felt like we'd been through this before. But once the flooding started and a couple of days passed and there was no help, I couldn't help but wonder: Man, what's going on? What's it going to take to help?
SI: What is like for you to return to New Orleans today?
Faulk: I feel for the people who had to go through it. The thing that gets to me is that it's still the way it is. I know the business area is coming back but I hope what they are doing is getting people to move back who were from the [residential] areas where the minority population was pretty much 100 percent.
SI: A couple of years ago you finished fifth in an SI poll of the NFL's smartest players. Did you think of yourself as a smart player?
Faulk: The guys ahead of me were quarterbacks, right?
SI: All except Ray Lewis.
Faulk: I doubt they [the quarterbacks] were as intelligent as I am because they don't know the running part of the game. I felt like I was prepared for whatever would happen on the field. It allowed me to go out and play free because I didn't worry about whether teams through something at me because I had studied it. I was prepared.