Ravens Profile: Lamont Brightful

August 20, 2002|By Mary Beth Kozak

Lamont Brightful

Position: Return specialist

College: Eastern Washington

Who he is: He was the first of four players (195th overall) that the Ravens drafted in the sixth round this past spring. Brightful set NCAA Division I-AA records for career average per kickoff return (30.0 yards), career kickoffs returned for touchdowns (five) and average per return (26.4 on punts and kickoffs).

Pre-game rituals: "Before the game starts, I'll be by myself and get my little praise to the Lord, and then I get my headphones on and get into the zone."

What he misses most from home: "Kicking it with my friends."

Rookie pranks: "I got cold-tubbed. I was the first person to get cold-tubbed."

What he has learned in camp: "You have to be mentally tough to stay in this league. The NFL, like they said, stands for `Not For Long.' So, you've got to be mentally tough."

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