Baltimore Ravens resigning Marshal Yanda a reminder of classiness
With the Baltimore Ravens resigning Marshal Yanda, the team not only secured its best o-linemen, but displayed its classy persona as a franchise.
The Baltimore Ravens have seen many faces come-and-go throughout their 23-year life span (entering their 24th season). A lot of great players have left the organization, whether it be for financial reasons or otherwise, including Hall of Famers like Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs. But some players the team puts a precedence for holding onto for the entirety of their careers such as guys like Ray Lewis, Jonathan Ogden, and now Marshal Yanda.
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Yanda is everything that you could ever ask for in a person, let alone as a player. Yanda is simply a classy guy on-and-off the field, making himself a model to follow as a husband, father, and a man. You never hear about Yanda being in the news for anything other than being a good person, and a devoted, faithful player.
On the field, Marshal Yanda is quiet and lets his play do the talking for him. While being far from a gentle giant, Yanda is certainly not someone you want to go up against on every snap. If you’re unfortunate enough to line up against Yanda, odds are extremely likely that you’re about get embarrassed and planted in the dirt
The seven-time Pro Bowl offensive guard has been a mainstay with the team since being a third round selection out of Iowa all the way back in 2007. Now entering his 13th season in the league, it’s fair to say that Marshal Yanda has earned himself a permanent residence in Baltimore Ravens lore.
It’s all of these attributes that will one day lead Yanda into Canton, Ohio and join some of his former teammates in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Baltimore Ravens have recognized everything that I just laid out for you, and have now assured that he will remain a Raven for the rest of his career in the NFL.
On April 11, 2019, Marshal Yanda signed a one-year extension with the Baltimore Ravens. This is far from a nostalgic resign, however, as Yanda continues to play at a high-level. So while Yanda is more than deserving of this contract, it just goes to show that the Baltimore Ravens are continuing to maintain an identity as a classy organization who does everything it can to take care of its players. The guys who give the franchise everything they have are always rewarded, and Marshal Yanda proved to be one of those guys. Unsurprisingly, the Ravens have now seemingly locked him up for the rest of his NFL days.
Many different NFL organizations have shown loyalty to some of their best players, but few display the passion and classiness that Baltimore consistently provides. Resigning Marshal Yanda was more than worth the cost, but it’s just one more example of how an organization such as the Baltimore Ravens continues to prove its worth as a fantastic and dedicated sports franchise.