After anchoring down the Ravens offensive line for 13 years, Marshal Yanda is calling it a career.
The future Hall of Fame right guard was everything you want in a lineman; gritty, tough, showed up everyday, but what I’ll always remember was his versatility. Yanda was a guard by trade, but made starts at four of the five OL spots during his career. Did whatever he could for the betterment of the team. Just like someone else I know..
The Ravens are one of my least favorite organizations in all of sports. You could make a strong argument that I hate them; or at least used to before my 2019 life-reboot. That IMO shows how great and fun Yanda was to watch. As a Pats fan I could sit back and appreciate how much this man dominate the line of scrimmage and point of attack for a surprisingly long time. Time really flies when you’re winning 12+ games a year.
Offensive line play doesn’t get a lot of love, but the vast majority of knowledgable NFL fans knew about what Yanda was doing in Charm City. He was in the conversation for best linemen in the NFL for seemingly the last decade.
The 2007 3rd round pick out of Iowa spent his entire career protecting Ravens’ quarterbacks; almost exclusive Joe Flacco until mid way though the 2018 season. After the Ravens went 14-2 this season with the unanimous league MVP in Lamar Jackson back for year three, this move comes as sort of a shock. Yanda being 35 makes sense when you sit back and do some elementary math, but at first glance I was kind of surprised. Gun to my head I would’ve guessed he was drafted in 08 or 09.
Yanda also was on the Ravens Super Bowl XLVII team in 2012-13.
Congrats on a HOF NFL career from one former linemen to another. #Re7p3ct