Dusty McGrorty

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  1. hollywoodnorth

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    He's listed on the Rams at TB...first time i heard of him....anyone know anything about this guy?..apparently he tore things up at Southern Oregon...
     
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    [​IMG]Not much except that he is one of the best small college backs ever.[​IMG]How do I upload photos?
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    Can't upload photos. the site does not store picture files. Photos must be on an on-line accesable site. You can get a free site like photobucket to hold pictures if you want. You can also send them to me and I can put them in my photobucket site. then you just paste in the link where they are at.
     
  4. Don Wassall

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    Almost all the pictures I put on the board I simply copy and paste, though that doesn't always work.
     
  5. white lightning

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    Dusty is still on the Rams.Tommorow are the last cuts and I think he will make the roster.He is listed at the number 3 running back after S.Jackson & M.Faulk. With Faulk being old,maybe he will get a chance to get some carries soon.You never know.Maybe Curtis doing so good can help M.Martz to give this kid a shot at being the backup running back.
     
  6. Jimmy Chitwood

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    i've often wondered about this guy...why is he still on the team? if what white lightning suspects is true, and he has secured a roster spot, then why no p.t.? is he fast, powerful, can he catch, block, or what? i have no idea what to expect from him. is he truly gifted, does he have pics of Martz and a goat, or what? WTF?!? [​IMG]
     
  7. white lightning

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    He got some carries tonight in ultimate garbage time.He had around 25 yards rushing on I believe 9 carries.He showed a good burst on a few runs with one going for 8 yards.Dusty would have done alot better if he could run behing a real offensive line instead of the 3rd or 4th string.Also,they were mainly just running out the clock because it was a route so the defense was stacking the line.I really hope he makes the team and can play here & there.He has talent and can catch the ball out of the backfield.Madison Hedge******* also scored a touchdown tonight and looked good blocking.
     
  8. Rise

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    Has anyone heard if Dusty is going to be playing for any teams this year? I see that he is not listed on the current roster for the rams or any other teams. I watched him in a preseason game last year and he looked to have some skill when he was given a chance to play. I have the feeling another white RB bites the dust.

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  9. Don Wassall

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    He is very proud of his heritage...
     
  11. white lightning

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    What a shame that another talented rb is cast aside.His numbers from college were very impressive.I hope he still get's another shot with a team somewhere.The Rams are stupid for not giving this kid a real shot.Look at how long K.Curtis has waited to try to be a starter when he should be a number 1 or 2 receiver.Hang in there Dusty.
     
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    It's a bit harsh on the Mike Martz Rams to call them stupid over Dusty McGorty. They gave him a look when probably few other teams were interested. And they have taken on the likes of Archelleta, Furrey, Looker, Curtis, Crouch, Proehl etc over the years. Shall we give them some credit were credit is due?
     
  13. Don Wassall

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    Here's an update on McGrorty, courtesy of an article linked on DraftDaddy. It's a long read, but those who know how to "read between the lines" might find the excerpts below interesting.

    The competitive fire still burns
    NFL stands for ‘not for long,' says hometown sports hero Dusty McGrorty

    According to statistics from (www.nflplayers.com), out of 100,000 high school seniors, only 215 (0.2 percent) will ever make an NFL roster. And even out of the 9,000 players who make it to the college level, only 310 are invited to NFL scouting combines.

    Once a player beats the odds and makes an NFL roster, the average NFL career is only 3.5 years.

    Imagine the odds for McGrorty, coming from a high school with under 300 enrollment.

    He improved his chances by rushing for 5,414 yards in four years at Southern Oregon. His record-breaking numbers included 79 career touchdowns and 983 career rushing attempts. In a 2003 game vs. Eastern Oregon, McGrorty carried 46 times for 303 yards.

    He went undrafted in the 2004 NFL draft, but signed with the Rams April 27 that year.

    McGrorty was released by the Rams shortly before the start of the regular season, but signed to the practice squad a day later. He was activated for one regular season game in 2004, Oct. 24 at Miami.

    He came back the following pre-season and saw action at tailback, carrying nine times for 22 yards in a pre-season game at Detroit.

    McGrorty also played the following week against Kansas City, but the 27-23 win over the Chiefs turned out to be his final game.

    "I went in with the starters," McGrorty remembers. "My last carry was a handoff from Marc Bulger. I ran off tackle from Orlando Pace, and I remember getting a block from Torry Holt. It's pretty cool for me to say that.

    "Mike Martz pulled me out of the game and said, 'you're done.' I kind of said, 'why, what's going on?' He said, 'don't worry about it. As long as I'm here, you're going to be here.

    "The cut date was the next day, and coach Martz called me into his office, and said 'there's just some things I can't overpower. But wherever I'm at, I want you on my team.'"

    The Rams had released McGrorty.

    McGrorty said it usually comes down to strategies and timing to make an NFL roster.

    "If they have a guy from a small college, and they find out he has a little talent, they'll hide you. It goes on a lot. Wes Welker (New England Patriots) - he wasn't really a big namer, but somebody got hurt and he got an opportunity. He probably should have been starting since Day 1."

    Aveion Cason is a nine-year running back in the NFL, currently on Detroit's active roster. He was the player the Rams kept ahead of McGrorty in 2004.

    "That's a sore subject for me," McGrorty said. "It makes me sick every time I look to see where he's at. I know for a fact that I could outrun him every day in practice. I'd outblock him, I was tougher than he was ... he might have had more speed than me on special teams, but that was about it.

    "All-around, I could play fullback, tailback, special teams ... everything. He was just a kick returner, punt returner and tailback. I felt like I was more versatile, and everybody on the team thought I was a better runner and blocker. Why he made the team ahead of me, I don't know."

    Still, McGrorty calls his entire football career a positive experience.

    "From the start, I didn't think I belonged (in the NFL), coming from an NAIA school. When I got there and actually put the pads on and took my first couple reps, I realized, 'I can play with these guys.' I was banging with them and breaking tackles ...

    full article: http://www.dailyastorian.com/main.asp?SectionID=37&SubSectionID=476&ArticleID=61412&TM=54580.3
     
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    "That's a sore subject for me," McGrorty said. "It makes me sick every time I look to see where he's at. I know for a fact that I could outrun him every day in practice. I'd outblock him, I was tougher than he was ... he might have had more speed than me on special teams, but that was about it.

    -I am about to cry right now. Nate Kmic won't even get te small chance McGrorty had. People think black runningbacks are so much better than they really are.
     
  15. Don Wassall

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    yep
     
  16. Colonel_Reb

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    Quite a piece there about Dusty. Sad but reality.
     
  17. ToughJ.Riggins

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    Exactly it!
    <snip> "The cut date was the next day, and coach Martz called me into his office, and said 'there's just some things I can't overpower. But wherever I'm at, I want you on my team."<snip>

    Mike Martz kind of reminds me of Mike McCarthy in that he always truly TRIES as hard as he can to keep the best players. However, powers above them and their own job security often don't allow them to get the rightful decisions made. McCarthy wanted to give a FA contract to Justin Beaver last year after his brilliant Mini Camp performances. It looked like Ted Thompson was worried about looking too pro white to the DWFs and media after drafting two white WRs.
     
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    Touching article, glad draftdaddy posted it. too bad guys like Dusty can't play anymore in the NFL. HAd he come up pre 1950's he would have been a star.
     
  20. chefdemarko

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    Dusty had his knee blown out while with the Rams. He retired from football and is back in Warrenton, OR. He has a fishing guide business and does well at it. When fishing season is over he finds other things to do that keep him in shape. I think the name of his fishing guide service is D-Max. I am not positive about that name.

    Mark Dennis
     
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    chefdemarko,

    Welcome aboard Sir.

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