101ESPN’s D’Marco Farr is leaving the station. He will pursue an opportunity with the Los Angeles Rams’ broadcast team.
Farr made the announcement during Thursday’s edition of The Fast Lane. The former Rams tackle has been with 101ESPN since the station launched in 2009. A search for his replacement is underway.
D’Marco’s Initial On-Air Comments:
“I guess we can start by just leveling with people that don’t know. I haven’t been in St. Louis for the better part of two months. The guys can tell you how it happened. We were at Ballpark Village on a Friday and on Monday I was in California.”
“Life at 45 is completely different than it was 30 years ago. Your responsibilities just get different as you get older…My wife and I, there’s been a lot of sickness in our family (who need taken care off) and it’s falling on us to do.”
“The guys from 101, John (Kijowski) and (Chris ‘Hoss’ Neupert) were kind enough to let me do the show from Los Angeles for the last two months…It’s just tough through this (audio) connection to keep The Fast Lane going. So to be fair and to be short-winded, I think this might be the last show with me on it.”
“Life has taken us here. It’s a horrible decision to make, but it’s something we have to do. So I hope that was living up to the hype that was going on over the last hour of a big announcement. It’s huge to me. I hope you guys feel the same way I do. This is really freaking tough and I’m trying to keep it together.”
“I’ve been teammates with Randy and (Mike) Ryder more than I was with Isaac Bruce. It doesn’t suck going to work every day so this was not an easy choice for me.”
On What His Future Holds:
“There’s going to be an announcement made about me staying on and doing Sundays and continuing to educate myself on professional football, being on the Rams broadcast team. I know that comes with a lot of emotion, but just let me throw this out there before you make your choice on how to feel about it…”
“Even if the Rams had remained the St. Louis Rams now and forever, I would still be (in Los Angeles). This is just where my life has taken me right now. So this had nothing to do with the other, but an opportunity came up. It happened.”
“I’m able to go from one thing to the next and do what we came out here to do which is take care of our family. That’s what the future holds.”
On Missing St. Louis:
“All three of my kids were born (in St. Louis). That’s never going to change. I wish I could move everybody I love out there, but that’s just not the case.”
“This is all I’ve done my entire life so being able to stay on Sunday and going to, watching, being around professional football…Continuing that is exciting.”
Audio of the announcement is below.