DT Farr becomes latest Ram to earn Pro Bowl invitation
Posted: Wednesday January 19, 2000 06:59 PM
D'Marco Farr is the second member of the Rams' defensive line to earn a spot in the Pro Bowl. AP
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The honors keep coming for the St. Louis Rams, who got a seventh Pro Bowl player on Wednesday when defensive tackle D'Marco Farr was added to the squad.
Coach Dick Vermeil relayed the news.
"We both shared some tears," Vermeil said. "I'm as excited for him as I was any player on the team that made it. He is such an outstanding contributor on every snap, and in everything we ask him to do."
Farr, a six-year veteran who was second on the team with a career-best 8 1-2 sacks, had been a first alternate. He replaced San Francisco 49ers tackle Bryant Young, the NFL comeback player of the year, who will miss the Feb. 6 game in Honolulu due to leg surgery.
"It's a tremendous honor, but it also means everybody knows your name now," Farr said. "You can't sneak up on anybody and be unblocked.
"You're always going to have somebody over you."
But that's attention Farr has always wanted.
"That's what you hope to have someday in the NFL," he said. "It's nice to be noticed."
Farr gives the Rams two Pro Bowlers on their defensive line. End Kevin Carter led the NFL with 17 sacks.
The other Rams Pro Bowlers are quarterback Kurt Warner, running back Marshall Faulk, offensive tackle Orlando Pace, wide receiver Isaac Bruce and cornerback Todd Lyght. Warner and Faulk were unanimous choices and all six of the original picks will be starters.
Offensive guard Adam Timmerman and middle linebacker London Fletcher also are first alternates in the Pro Bowl, and outside linebacker Mike Jones, free safety Keith Lyle and kick returner Tony Horne are second alternates.
Other awards: Warner was named the league MVP, Faulk the offensive MVP and Vermeil the coach of the year.
Farr was a lot more interested in talking about the NFC championship game and a possible Super Bowl berth.
"We can start talking about playing for all the marbles," Farr said. "We can talk about being world champions. It's a reality."
Farr said overconfidence is not a worry for the Rams. Before this season, they had the league's worst record in the 1990s.
"We have to fight to win every game," Farr said. "We're just looking to play our best, and we're still trying."
Notes: Free safety Keith Lyle, who has missed eight games with a bruised nerve in his left shoulder and neck area, is a lot more hopeful of being active for the NFC championship game. 'I think I'm going to get reps this week and I think I'm going to play,' Lyle said. 'I'm looking forward to that.' Vermeil said there's 'maybe a little more chance' of Lyle playing. ... Tight end Roland Williams had his team-color blue and gold braces removed Tuesday. ... Former Rams running back Lawrence McCutcheon and former Cardinals offensive lineman Dan Dierdorf will be honorary captains on Sunday. ... Vermeil said game balls from the playoff victory over Minnesota went to Warner (offense), strong safety Billy Jenkins Jr. and cornerback Dexter McCleon (defense), and to the kickoff return team.
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