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Terrance Ganaway retires from Rams to go back to school

Terrance Ganaway

St. Louis Rams running back Terrance Ganaway runs with the ball during training camp at the NFL football team’s practice facility Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


When Wednesday began, the depth chart at running back for the Rams started with Daryl Richardson and ran through Isaiah Pead and Zac Stacy before eventually making its way to Terrance Ganaway.

It won’t look any different up top when Wednesday comes to a close, but anyone behind Ganaway is going to be moving up a slot. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ganaway has decided to retire from the NFL in order to go back to graduate school.

Ganaway, a 2012 sixth-round pick of the Jets out of Baylor, didn’t record any stats in three games after joining the Rams last season. If his name is familiar, it is likely because Ganaway spent part of his offseason in very unfamiliar surroundings for an NFL player. Ganaway took a job making sandwiches at a Jimmy John’s outlet in Waco, Texas because he said he wanted to avoid any possibility of getting into trouble while waiting for the next football season.

It was a fairly remarkable thing for a professional athlete to do, even one that was on the relative fringes of his sport. That kind of work ethic should serve Ganaway well in whatever pursuit is next.