It’s July and there’s not too much going on before training camp.
Thus, it’s time to dig into the files of some of the Ravens’ most popular players to see what fans may or may not know about their favorites.
Ngata was a dominant rugby player
Haloti Ngata played rugby as an 18-year-old high school kid at the Highland Rugby Club in Salt Lake City, Utah. He led his team to the National Rugby Championship, but was red carded in the title match. Check out this video of him punishing people.
His first name isn’t Haloti
Ngata’s first name is actually “Etuini” and his middle name is “Haloti.” His parents were from Tonga, a tiny island nation 1,200 miles north of New Zealand with just more than 100,000 people. Ngata was born in Inglewood, Ca., but still has a strong connection to his Polynesian ancestry.
He’s an avid outdoorsman
Growing up in Utah, it’s easy to fall in love with the great outdoors. Ngata dove in head first, and it’s his favorite offseason activity. He’s an avid fisherman, and spearfishes. He likes to ride his snowmobile and drove a UTV over Moab’s slick rock.
He nearly quit football
Ngata’s father, Solomone, died in December 2002 when he lost control of his semi-truck. Devastated, Ngata almost left football during his sophomore year at Oregon to take care of his mom, Olga, who was suffering from kidney failure. She suffered a heart attack and died on Jan. 13, 2003. Ngata named his first son after his father.
Ngata sometimes plays fullback in goal-line situations because he’s a huge 6-foot-4, 340-pound man opening holes. He has even run receiving routes, and looked to be the target of a pass against the Broncos in 2010. Ngata didn’t get open, however, and Joe Flacco was sacked for a loss of 14 yards.