Q&a

Dan Cody

August 11, 2006|By KATIE CARRERA

Linebacker and defensive end Dan Cody is entering his second NFL season. The Ada, Okla., native was a second-round draft pick for the Ravens in 2005 but missed his entire rookie season after injuring his knee on the first day of training camp last year.

What's your favorite food?

I like anything that's Southern cooking. Steak fingers, chicken fried steak, pork chops, steak. I grew up on a ranch, so I grew up having beef and swine. That's all I really ate my whole life. I never really ate chicken until I got out of high school.

What are some of your favorite childhood memories?

Growing up on the ranch, my dad's parents lived out there with his brother and his family. Being out there with my family and my cousins, I got to play with them all the time. So those ages from about 10 to 15 years old, when you can go out and really play a lot, those are the years I remember the most.

Did you play football with them?

The thing about football for me, it was never really a dream or ambition. I only had one offer coming out of high school to go play college ball. Where I went to high school my freshman and sophomore year we didn't win one game. Football just kind of came to be later on.

So how did you end up pursuing football?

In high school there were a few good players on my team and they were getting recruited pretty hard by Oklahoma, and as they watched them through the season they started watching me. And out of nowhere they offered me a scholarship. My junior and senior year I transferred to a pretty good school and I got more looks that way.

What do you like about Baltimore?

The thing about Baltimore the team, everybody's real open, real friendly. Some places are really old-school and not that warm. This place is real warm and the guys who have been playing 10, 11 years are equally as nice to me as guys who just got here.

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