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April 2, 1986 | RICH ROBERTS
The Rams will give quarterback Steve Bartkowski, 33, a tryout at Rams Park today. Special attention will be paid to his right knee, which underwent five operations during his 11 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and led to his being benched and then waived last season. Dr. Robert Kerlan, the Rams' chief team physician, examined Bartkowski Tuesday, but neither he nor the Rams would disclose results of the examination.
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May 21, 1987
Veteran quarterback Steve Bartkowski, who underwent six knee operations during his 12-year NFL career, announced he is retiring from professional football.
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August 13, 1986 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
Life is funny sometimes. One minute you're Steve Bartkowski, a washed-up quarterback, a real nobody. Your right knee is a science project. If it were the front brake on your car, they'd be talking about metal on metal. You're so bad that even the Atlanta Falcons can't use you anymore. Once they called you Peachtree Bart, but these days you're compared to a tree only when trying to escape a pass rush. Then, just like that, everything changes. Suddenly, birds sing again, the sun shines.
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May 7, 1987 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
Six veteran Ram free agents, including quarterback Steve Bartkowski and safety Tim Fox, have not been offered 1987 contracts and will not be in uniform for next week's minicamp at Rams Park. Linebackers Cliff Thrift, Jim Laughlin and Mike McDonald and veteran nose tackle Charles DeJurnett also were not offered contracts. Bartkowski's release was hardly a surprise considering his age, 34, the poor condition of his often-injured right knee and the future predicted for Ram quarterback Jim Everett.
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April 12, 1986
Can Steve Bartkowski play left field? BOB BURRIS Hollywood
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January 5, 1985
Steve Bartkowski, the Atlanta Falcons' quarterback, says he will play again next season, despite a serious knee injury suffered this season.
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August 23, 1986
When was the last time, if memory serves you, a Ram quarterback took control, marched the team down and scored with the efficiency of Steve Bartkowski? Vince Ferragamo, the year before the Rams went to the Super Bowl, had that impact. But certainly not in the Pat Haden-Dieter Brock era. TRACY KIM Manhattan Beach
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September 27, 1986
Jim Everett better be a franchise player because the Rams gave half of it away to obtain him. Since our ticket money will be spent for his megabuck salary, we fans expect to see the arm of John Elway and the sagacity of Dan Marino. Otherwise, we will be disappointed. Meanwhile, while the whiz kid learns the system, the Rams should sign Henry Ellard and give Steve Bartkowski some help. Or will their coffers be empty, along with their heads? RICHARD R. LINDE Los Angeles
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May 7, 1987 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
Six veteran Ram free agents, including quarterback Steve Bartkowski and safety Tim Fox, have not been offered 1987 contracts and will not be in uniform for next week's mini-camp at Rams Park. Other Rams not offered qualifying renewals include linebackers Cliff Thrift, Jim Laughlin, Mike McDonald and veteran nose tackle Charles DeJurnett.
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October 25, 1986 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
Ram Coach John Robinson waited and waited, but Friday he finally named a starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons at Anaheim Stadium. It will be Steve Dils, pinch-hitting for a limping Steve Bartkowski. Bartkowski, noticeably favoring his battered right knee, tried to convince Robinson this week that he could start. But it didn't work. Robinson has said that he wants six or seven quality starts from Bartkowski during the rest of the season.
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October 25, 1986 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
Rams Coach John Robinson waited and waited and waited, but Friday he finally named a starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons in Anaheim Stadium. No, not Henry Ellard. It will be Steve Dils, who will be asked again to pinch-hit for an ailing Steve Bartkowski. Bartkowski, who is limping noticeably on his battered right knee, tried to persuade Robinson this week that he could start. But it didn't work.
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October 13, 1986 | CHRIS DUFRESNE and JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writers
It rained on Steve Bartkowski's homecoming parade Sunday, figuratively and literally. The downpour that arrived in the second quarter didn't dampen his spirits as much as the Rams' 26-14 loss to the Falcons, though. "It was strange coming back here, but when the football is kicked off it's just another game," said Bartkowski, who played 11 seasons with the Falcons. "I didn't feel I had anything to prove. I just wanted a chance to play and was glad the Rams gave me the chance.
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October 12, 1986 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
The great thing about today's game between the Rams and the Atlanta Falcons is that finally, after all these years, it actually means something. The Falcons haven't been this fired-up about playing the Rams since, well, since Steve Bartkowski had cartilage in his knees. There was a stretch in this decade when the best Atlanta fans could do was concede two annual losses to the Rams and check to see when the Saints would come marching in. But no more.
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October 11, 1986
All Ram fans deserve an apology from their smooth-talking leader, John Robinson. All last season, we were forced to endure his everlasting praise of too short, too slow and too inaccurate Dieter Brock while an obviously superior Jeff Kemp was tied to the pine. In his limited time, Kemp had shown a strong arm and excellent mobility but was never given a real shot at the starting position. The season ends, Kemp goes to San Francisco, while another over-the-hill project, Steve Bartkowski, is brought in. For an update, Kemp has played marvelously since Joe Montana's injury; the Rams continue to need an overhaul at their creaky quarterback post.
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October 9, 1986 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
Ram quarterback Steve Bartkowski swore he wasn't going to get into the whole vengeance angle this week. Yes, he is going back home on Sunday to face his old teammates, the Atlanta Falcons. But, really, he says, it's no big deal. And granted, he was leading the league in passing efficiency when, after 11 seasons, the Falcons released him last year with little explanation.
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