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Cherokee native Timmerman: 'no more thoughts of NFL football'

Thursday, April 17, 2008

After 12 seasons, four Super Bowls and two Pro Bowls, the only football Cherokee, Iowa native Adam Timmerman wants to see now is his son playing pee-wee flag ball this fall.

He had a try-out with Detroit last season after being unceremoniously cut by the St. Louis Rams, then a visit to Jacksonville during training camp. But when Washington made an offer midway through the season, he turned it down, and he won't be making any more calls.

At 37, he remains a fan favorite, his battle scars are healed and could easily play another year or two. But he didn't want to disrupt his wife and three children, who live in St. Charles County near St. Louis, where the Timmermans host a charity golf tournament each April and he is involved with many other charities and business interests.

Timmerman was born and raised in Cherokee, where he played football and placed at State as a high-hurdling track star in high school in the late 1980s. He still recalls playing his first game of football ever in Storm Lake in junior high - he just didn't know his last game when he played it.

He has indicated that he might be interested in a consulting position in the NFL eventually, but for now, he's just getting healthy and enjoying his family. He announced in late January that he intended to retire, and is expected to formally submit his retirement papers to the league this season.

"No more thought of playing," he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch emphatically.

The 310-pound guard said he thought he would miss the game, but he never did.

"Especially as the losses started to mount" for St. Louis, he notes. 'I'm so glad I'm not sitting in those meeting rooms, because I know how brutal that must be."

He watched some games on TV, but got embarrassed when he saw his team resort to lining up a wide receiver at quarterback against Baltimore because its entire corps of signal callers had been creamed. "That would be ripping my heart out if I was there."

With injuries mounting on the offensive line, he would run into fans in the grocery store who would recognize him. "When are you coming back? Have they called yet?"

For the record, they never called. And Timmerman isn't sure how he would have reacted if they had. "It probably depends on when they would've called... and how the conversation went," he told the Post-Dispatch.

After all, the Rams had cut him to free up salary cap (an estimated $1.3 million worth) and basically cut ties.

After four salad years with the Packers, Timmerman played the entire eight year remainder of his career in St. Louis - only two of them on teams with a losing record.

These days, instead of wrestling ripe defensive linemen, he's changing diapers - and coaching that flag football team. He's whittled down to a svelte 260 pounds, is taking lessons to become a pilot, has a few business interests and spends a good deal of his time working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and helping preemie causes - both his children were born prematurely. His wife seems to enjoy having him around even during football season.

"I keep joking with her, 'You just think you have a live-in nanny," he said.

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