Sep 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills middle linebacker Kiko Alonso (50) intercepts a pass and is tackled by Baltimore Ravens center Gino Gradkowski (66) and guard Marshal Yanda (73) at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Ravens 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
G/T Marshal Yanda
Marshal Yanda’s name should be defined in the dictionary using the words tough, resilient, and reliable. He’s been a staple on the Ravens’ offensive line for the last 8 years, with his best seasons coming in 2011, 2012, and most recently, 2014.
Pro Football Focus ranked him as fifth best player in the NFL for 2014, and the top guard for the last four seasons. Ironically, Yanda also earned Pro Bowl nods for those same 4 years (2011-2014). Oh and by the way, he was a 3rd round pick in 2007. You could say he’s exceeded expectations.
BALTIMORE – OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Kyle Boller #11, Edwin Mulitalo #64 and Jonathan Ogden #75 of the Baltimore Ravens line up against the Buffalo Bills defense at M&T Bank Stadium on October 24, 2004 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bills 20-6. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
G Edwin Mulitalo
It isn’t often that a 4th round pick earns a starting spot in his rookie season not because of an injury, but rather because the guy just has sheer prowess and natural instinct at the position. Mulitalo started 8 games in 1999 and helped the Ravens record their first .500 or better season.
The big man followed that up in 2000 by starting all 16 games the next season and topped it off with a Super Bowl victory. In his 10 year career, (8 with the Ravens) Mulitalo started all but 4 of the 132 games he suited up for. Consistency and hard work will always breed success, and Edwin Mulitado was the epitome of those qualities.
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