Former University of Oregon standout Haloti Ngata continues to build a great and well-honored career. As a an impact player for the Baltimore Ravens, the versatile defensive lineman helped lead the team to a Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers in February. He has been in the NFL for eight great years and finally acquired a ring that will cement him into the record books forever.
Ngata was selected 12th in the 2006 NFL draft by the Ravens after three dominant years at Oregon where he grabbed the Pac 10 Defensive Player of the Year award in 2005. In one of Ozzie Newsome’s more notable fleecings, the Ravens gained the rights to Ngata by persuading their rival Browns (who were considering Ngata) to accept a sixth round pick to move up one slot for Ngata. Newsome got Ngata and a cornerstone of a Super Bowl. The Browns’ GM took Kamerion Wimbley and is now calling Alabama games and running the Senior Bowl.
The four time Pro Bowl player uses brute strength and great athletic ability to wreak havoc on opposing defenses. He can line up at multiple positions on the defensive line and still be effective. In 2012 he was ranked 9th on the list of NFL Network’s top 100 players. However, last year injuries slowed his performance for the majority of the season.
Haloti looks to regain his health and deliver another solid year as the Ravens look to defend their title. With the loss of key veterans in linebacker Ray Lewis to retirement and Ed Reed, Dannell Ellerbe, Cary Williams, and Paul Kruger to free agency, Baltimore’s defensive unit needs their key player to step up on and off the field. Ngata is most commonly regarded as the best current Duck in the NFL and has made us all proud.