Ravens: 4 reasons James Proche could turn some heads in 2021

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1. James Proche’s perseverance

In August of 2014, while practicing with his high school football team, James Proche, then a senior, suddenly became too weak to stand. He was whisked to the local hospital and, after a litany of tests, received news that would forever change his life.

He was suffering from acute kidney failure, a condition that kept him in the hospital for a week and off the football field for two months. He almost died.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Acute kidney failure can be fatal and requires intensive treatment.” Proche successfully underwent said intensive treatment, and still undergoes annual physicals to ensure his kidneys are in good working order.

Fighting through kidney failure has given Proche a new lease — and a new perspective — on life. He just keeps competing.

"“What it boils down to is that I’m a competitor. That’s what they’re going to put on my gravestone. The higher the returns, the higher I rise.”"

During the 2021 season, Proche will have the opportunity to rise from the ashes of a disappointing rookie season and claim his place among the Ravens’ top receivers. 50 or more receptions is within reach.

A player with the proven track record and mental fortitude of James Proche should never be underestimated.

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And the Baltimore Ravens would do well to give him every opportunity to succeed in what should be a vastly improved passing game.