Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams' Wolfman Released Again, Hopes to Do His Howling on the Air

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams' Wolfman Released Again, Hopes to Do His Howling on the Air

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Cut a second time in five weeks by the Rams, Ron Wolfley is retiring from football and will pursue a career in broadcasting.

"I'm just starting to put feelers out there now . . . to find out if there's any interest," Wolfley said Wednesday from his home in suburban Buffalo. "I'm in the process of putting together some tapes of things I've done. Television and radio. We'll see."

"The Wolfman" had done some broadcast work with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League.

But Wolfley, 33, wanted to keep playing. A 10-year veteran and former St. Louis Cardinal, Wolfley made four Pro Bowls for his gonzo work on special teams. He sat out the '94 season but wanted to get in one more season, in large part to prove that he could still do it.

Wolfley beat long odds just to make the Rams' roster.

"I flew in two hours before training camp was to begin. If that isn't just a body, I don't know what is."

A favorite of fans and media, Wolfley played in nine games this season, registering seven special-teams stops and carrying three times for 9 yards. Those were his first carries since 1992 - and all went for first downs.

"Ron has done a lot of very good things for us," coach Rich Brooks said. "But he had gotten to the point where he wasn't as productive, and he knew that as well."

Injuries also slowed Wolfley. "The heart was willing but the body was just basically saying no," Wolfley said.

Position Switches: The Rams have moved Leonard Russell to the fullback/H-back position, where they will try to take advantage of his size and speed as a blocker, occasional ballcarrier and pass catcher.

The Rams also have been giving wide receiver Lovell Pinkney extensive work at tight end recently. "We like what we've seen in the last week and half," Brooks said.

Injury Update: Linebacker Shane Conlan didn't practice Wednesday because of a bruised knee but should be ready for the game Sunday against Buffalo, his former team. Conlan may not see the field much because the Rams' plan to use their nickel package - which features an extra defensive back - a lot against the Bills.

Roster Update: Besides Wolfley, the Rams waived linebacker Paschall Davis, only to re-sign him to the practice squad. …

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