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Cincinnati Bengals Release Brad St. Louis

Russell WightAnalyst IOctober 14, 2009

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 3:  Tight end Brad St. Louis #48 of the Cincinnati Bengals enters Heinz Field for the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 3, 2004 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Steelers won 28-17.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Do you love your job?  Do you get up every morning and get to do the thing you have dreamed of doing your entire life?  Are you compensated beyond the comprehension of most people?

There are not many of us who can answer "yes" to all of these questions.

Especially in these economic times, I consider myself lucky to have a decent job.  My family has food on the table, a nice television and a Nintendo Wii.  What more could a guy ask for?  That being said, if we hit the lottery I would quit faster than you can say "Child Please!".

Anyway, my point is that most of us don't get to do something for a living that we dreamed of doing as a kid.

Brad St. Louis was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2000.  He has been the club's long-snapper for nearly a decade.  Until yesterday, St. Louis was the longest-tenured member of the Bengals.

After a string of six bad snaps this season that have ended up costing the Bengals points, the team decided to release their long-snapper.  Special teams coach Darrin Simmons said, "We've got to put this fire out."

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St. Louis, 32, is now unemployed.  The job he has performed his entire adult life is no more.  He must hope for another chance somewhere else.

The apparent mental block that is causing his poor performance is still a mystery.  I feel sorry for him, but such is the nature of professional sports.  You are as good as your last game.

As a Bengal, St. Louis has played his last game...and it wasn't good.

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