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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2011
Prohibited by NFL rules to sign Haloti Ngata to a long-term deal, the Ravens secured the two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle for next season by placing the franchise tag on him. If the Ravens' track record holds up, this is the first step to making him "a Raven for life. " The last two players who have received the franchise tag from the Ravens — cornerback Chris McAlister and linebacker Terrell Suggs — eventually signed muti-year deals that were among the richest for their positions at the time.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2010
If the Ravens can clinch a playoff berth today at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Haloti Ngata will once again remember how his NFL prayers were answered by a hang-up. During the 2006 draft, Ngata thought the Browns were going to select him in the first round. He was on the phone with Cleveland officials when they were on the clock with the 12th pick and was told he would be their choice unless a trade happened. Then, the call abruptly ended. "They just hung up," Ngata said.
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September 18, 2009
1 Dominate Chargers offensive line. This is where the Ravens need to cause problems because San Diego could be without center Nick Hardwick (ankle) and right guard Louis Vasquez (knee). The Ravens' Haloti Ngata and Kelly Gregg are licking their chops. 2 Secondary has to get in sync. If running back LaDainian Tomlinson is sidelined, quarterback Philip Rivers will be flinging the ball all over the field. That means the Ravens need to correct their lapses from the season opener. 3 Keep spreading the ball around.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | September 6, 2009
Like most NFL defensive tackles, Haloti Ngata has an insatiable appetite. The 6-foot-4, 345-pound Ravens lineman loves to devour Italian food (except during the season when he tries to keep healthy), anything with curry and his latest favorite - Maryland steamed crabs. At Glen Burnie's Seaside Restaurant, Ngata will go through a dozen of the largest crabs without breaking a sweat. If you try to interrupt him, the affable Ngata has been known to strike a glare that would make Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson shudder, showing he has become a true Baltimore guy. "When he's eating crabs, you don't really get many words out of him," said his wife of two years, Christina.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | August 25, 2009
One of the popular phrases among reserves on the Ravens' vaunted defense is, "Don't be the weak link." Jameel McClain, a second-year linebacker, was the weak link one moment Monday night against the New York Jets and a defensive hero the next. McClain was badly out of position on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez to Leon Washington with 5:50 left in the first half. On the sideline, middle linebacker Ray Lewis told McClain to get over the play quickly. Some five minutes later, McClain intercepted Sanchez's replacement, Kellen Clemens, and ran 16 yards untouched to the end zone for a touchdown.
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By MIKE PRESTON | January 11, 2009
QB C+ Joe Flacco was only 11-for22 for 161 yards, and most of those came on two big plays. But Flacco also led a nice drive at the end. For most of the game, the timing between Flacco and his receivers was off. He also was pressured a lot. OL C This group got outplayed and out-hustled, especially in the middle. With that said, the Titans have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. Late in the game, though, the Ravens started to take charge and open some holes up front. WR C- Derrick Mason had five catches for 78 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | November 2, 2008
To truly understand how special Haloti Ngata is at stopping ball carriers, it's necessary to watch when the Ravens defensive tackle was once one himself. His teammates saw a video of Ngata playing for his high school rugby team, a collection of jaw-dropping highlights that makes everyone appreciate his rare combination of power and agility. One clip shows Ngata plowing his way upfield with the ball, carrying four players on his shoulders and back. In another one, he is weaving his way around opponents, acting as if he is Jim Brown.
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October 29, 2008
What was your proudest moment in the NFL? Just making it to the NFL. Ever since I was real young, I always wanted to be in the NFL. I loved it. When I knew that I was kind of good in high school, I started thinking, 'Oh, this could really happen.' To actually make it here is a great achievement, and now that I'm in here, I just want to stay here as long as I can. How does it feel to be a role model for Polynesians? I know I am because a lot of my cousins and their friends talk about me making it here.
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By MIKE PRESTON | October 11, 2008
How about this as a short-yardage package: The Ravens go with an unbalanced line to the left and insert tackle Willie Anderson on that side. They run a full-house backfield that includes three backs: fullbacks Haloti Ngata and Lorenzo Neal, and halfback Le'Ron McClain. McClain gets the ball moving to the left with Neal and Ngata as lead blockers. Wow. Look out, world. (For more, go to baltimoresun.com/ravensinsider)
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