A lot of players appreciate and strive to get personal accolades. Pro Bowls, high Madden ratings and fat contracts. But Ravens' right guard Marshal Yanda isn't one of those types of players.
When asked about how he feels about being ranked as one of the best offensive linemen in the entire league, Yanda was not shy about passing on the praise.
"No, obviously I take pride in working hard and being the best player I can be."
Yanda is due for a contract, with the Ravens having worked hard in the offseason to get him under a long-term deal, much to the hope of Ravens' fans. We've discussed it at length before, but Yanda will be looking for a top level deal that might see him be the highest paid guard in the NFL, which he rightfully deserves.
Part of that massive upcoming deal is the fact that since 2010, Yanda has only missed two games out of a possible 80 games that he has started, not including the playoffs. That toughness, on display through having a portion of his foot cut off by trainers in the 2015 Top 100 video on NFL.com. His aura of invincibility to go along with being the model of consistency for years, is why he is usually ranked in the upper echelon of players in the NFL every season.
Yanda is a pretty humble guy and displays a rather laid back personality despite his reputation on the field. He has a bit of a sense of humor, but you can see a gentle giant aspect to him. When asked about which player on the Ravens' roster that he would not want to fight in an alley, Yanda thought for a second before saying "Probably Steve Smith."
"You'd think that you would hit that guy 100 times and he'd still keep coming"
Ryan Mink from the Baltimore Ravens website responded "that's what I'd think about you." Yanda laughed before saying "it'd be a good fight." I for one wouldnt want to meet a pissed off Yanda anywhere, much less an alley.