Two months ago, former Ravens defensive tackle, Haloti Ngata, announced his retirement from the NFL. Ngata was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent nine years in Baltimore but was traded in 2015 after unsuccessful contract negotiations with Baltimore. He spent three years in Detriot playing for the Lions, and his final year in Philadelphia.
Throughout his nine years in Baltimore, Ngata was a dominant presence on the defensive line. He wrapped up runners and sacked quarterbacks with ease. He became a fan favorite in a defense filled with stars. Ngata gained national recognition for his efforts on the field. He was named to five Pro Bowls and five All-Pro lists as a first and second-teamer while playing in Baltimore. Perhaps his most satisfying achievement was playing a key role in the 2012-2013 team that won Super Bowl XLVII. But while the average NFL fan knew him for his work on the field, many Baltimoreans appreciated his work off the field as well.
Ngata was known throughout Baltimore to be one of the best football players on and off the field. He and his wife, Christina, founded the Haloti Ngata Family Foundation in 2012 to “provide charitable resources to deserving individuals and organizations throughout the United States.” Ngata hosted charity events throughout his time in Baltimore and beyond, and contributed to the charitable ventures of his teammates.
Haloti Ngata will retire as a Baltimore Raven on Wednesday, May 29. The Ravens will host a press conference, which will include Owner, Steve Bisciotti, and Executive Vice President, Ozzie Newsome, after the ceremonial signing. Many believe that Ngata is on track to be inducted into the Baltimore Ravens ring of honor. He would join fellow defensive teammates like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed in receiving the esteemed honor.