Rams RB Ganaway says goodbye to football

August, 21, 2013
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- With the first round of scheduled cuts less than a week away, many players around the league will not have the chance to walk away from the game on their own accord.

On Wednesday morning, Rams running back Terrance Ganaway opted to do just that when he walked into coach Jeff Fisher’s office and let him know that he’s ready to call it a career.

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“It was a great conversation,” Fisher said. “He came in this morning and said that he’s decided that he wants to go back to school. He talked it over with his wife and his family and I was happy for him. It’s not often a guy can walk away from the game on your own terms. I actually told him I felt like he had ability to play in this league and he can walk away having participated in a great college career with an outstanding football team and take those memories with him all his life.”

Ganaway was hoping to enter his second NFL season after originally entering the league as a sixth-round pick of the Jets in 2012. New York released him in the final round of cuts and the Rams claimed him off waivers.

On his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon, Ganaway shared the news. He plans to pursue a graduate degree to go with the general studies degree he earned from Baylor in 2010.

“Grateful for the opportunity and honored to play a game that I love on every level!! What an experience!! Wish my mom was here!!”

Ganaway went on to say he was sorry for giving up the game.

“I apologize to the people who have rooted for me since day one. You were in my thoughts as I made this decision. I appreciate you all.”

The Rams kept Ganaway on the active roster for the entire season but he played in just three games without getting any carries or catches.

Ganaway was a pre-game scratch in the first preseason game against Cleveland as he dealt with a hamstring injury then appeared in the second contest against Green Bay. He did not get a carry in either game and it became pretty clear he was sitting behind Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead, Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham in the pecking order. Chase Reynolds is also in the mix.

In saying goodbye, Ganaway helps further clarify how the Rams will likely go into the regular season. With Pead suspended for the first game for violation of the league’s drug policy, Richardson, Stacy and Cunningham are in good shape to make the roster out of camp.

Ganaway made some headlines in the offseason when he took a job making sandwiches at a Jimmy John’s in Waco, Texas. At the time, he said he took on the extra work to help keep away from some of the pratfalls that can come with the NFL offseason.

Upon his leaving the game Wednesday, Ganaway didn’t hesitate to poke fun at himself, offering one more tweet on his departure.

“I wonder if *@jimmyjohns is still hiring?”

Nick Wagoner

ESPN St. Louis Rams reporter

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