Rams' Jack Snow loses battle with staph infection
By Dan Caesar
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Rams radio analyst Jack Snow, who formerly was a standout wide receiver for the club, died Monday night at Barnes-Jewish Hospital of complications from a staph infection. Snow had been there, in critical condition, since shortly before Christmas. He was 62.
"He battled his illness with great courage and tenacity," said Steve Savard, the Rams' radio play-by-play broadcaster the past six seasons, who had become close friends with his partner. "He was an inspiration to everyone around him, including his doctors and nurses. Jack's family appreciates all the support and love St. Louis fans showed him during his illness."
Snow broadcast his last game on Nov. 20.
He intended to work the Rams' game Nov. 27, in Houston. But Snow, who had been battling the infection, became too ill while on the trip to work that day. He returned to St. Louis with the team after that game and immediately was hospitalized. His condition eventually improved and he was able to move to a rehabilitation facility. Friends said a full recovery was expected, although he wouldn't return to the booth this season.
However, he took a turn for the worse shortly before Christmas and was readmitted to the hospital but was unable to recover.
Snow was a receiver for the Rams from 1965-75, finishing fifth in the NFL in receptions (51) in 1970 and ninth that season in receiving yardage (859). He was drafted out of Notre Dame in 1965 by Minnesota, but the Vikings traded him to the Rams, for whom he played his entire 11-season NFL career. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1967.
He was the Rams' receivers coach in 1982 and eventually moved into the club's broadcast booth and came with the club to St. Louis when it left Los Angeles in 1995.
Snow was an all-city baseball and football player as a high school student in Long Beach, Calif., before heading to Notre Dame.
As a sophomore in 1962, Snow made the varsity team as a backup receiver and punter before eventually blossoming as a senior. He caught 60 passes (second in the NCAA) for 1,114 yards and nine touchdowns and was a first-team All America selection in his final season in 1964. He finished fifth in balloting for the 1964 Heisman Trophy, which was won by John Huarte - the quarterback who threw him the ball.
Snow was born Jan. 25, 1943, in Rock Springs, Wyo. He graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in psychology in 1965.
Among the survivors are two daughters, Michelle and Stephanie, and a son, J.T. Snow.
His son is a first baseman who signed last week with the Boston Red Sox after playing the last nine seasons for the San Francisco Giants.
Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.
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