Ex-Rams wideout targeting political office

Count former longtime St. Louis Rams receiver and return specialist Dane Looker among retired players heading for political careers.

Looker, 35, has announced intentions to seek state office as a representative from Washington 25th district, which includes areas near Tacoma. Looker, whose wife is a teacher, was previously running for a school board seat. He identified decreased funding and larger class sizes as problems to target.

"As a school board member, I could help address the symptoms of these cuts," Looker said in making his announcement, "but as a state legislator, I can help solve the core problem."

Rams fans might remember Looker's 19-yard touchdown reception during the fourth quarter of a 2003 game against the San Francisco 49ers. The touchdown helped the Rams force overtime. They won, 27-24. Looker scored three of his five career receiving touchdowns during a five-week span that season, all from Marc Bulger and all in Rams victories.

Looker last played for the Rams in 2008. He was a walk-on at the University of Washington after beginning his college career as a basketball player at Western Washington University. The Rams signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2000.