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Ex-Rams wideout targeting political office

7/12/2011

Count former longtime St. Louis Rams receiver and return specialist Dane Looker among retired players heading for political careers.

Looker, 35, has announced intentions to seek state office as a representative from Washington 25th district, which includes areas near Tacoma. Looker, whose wife is a teacher, was previously running for a school board seat. He identified decreased funding and larger class sizes as problems to target.

"As a school board member, I could help address the symptoms of these cuts," Looker said in making his announcement, "but as a state legislator, I can help solve the core problem."

Rams fans might remember Looker's 19-yard touchdown reception during the fourth quarter of a 2003 game against the San Francisco 49ers. The touchdown helped the Rams force overtime. They won, 27-24. Looker scored three of his five career receiving touchdowns during a five-week span that season, all from Marc Bulger and all in Rams victories.

Looker last played for the Rams in 2008. He was a walk-on at the University of Washington after beginning his college career as a basketball player at Western Washington University. The Rams signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2000.