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Revisiting Haloti Ngata's Domination

Retired after 13 seasons, 9 spent in Baltimore

March 19, 2019 - 10:35 am

By Austin Medina  

For Ravens fans, he was beloved.

For those who were not, he was feared.

For all fans alike, Haloti Ngata was respected.

Former Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata officially retired from the NFL Monday. Ngata took to Instagram to announce his retirement, after 13 seasons in the league.  

The Ravens drafted Ngata with the 12th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Thankfully, Lewis’ request was accepted and the Ravens found a staple of their defense for nearly a decade. As the Ravens constantly found themselves in the top-five defensive ranks, Ngata was a dominating force stopping the run game. In 2005, the Ravens allowed 99.6 rushing yards. In 2006, with just one year of Ngata, the Ravens surrendered just 77.2 rushing yards.

From 2009 to 2013, Ngata made five consecutive Pro-Bowl teams and labeled as a two-time 1st team All-Pro and included a Super Bowl championship in 2012.

His production in Baltimore consistently improved year-to-year, as he tallied five sacks or more three straight seasons from 2010-2012. His ability to get to the quarterback made him a unique defensive tackle, as he finished his Ravens career with 25.5 sacks and 74 quarterback hits.

Ngata, a tough presence who commanded double-teams regularly, missed just nine games during his nine-year tenure in Baltimore.

The scary thing is that Ngata’s impact went way beyond numbers and accolades. It was the memorable, momentum-changing plays that Ngata brought to the table.

Who can forget his big hits on Big Ben?

Quarterbacks shouldn’t be upset with Ngata’s retirement.

Ngata played his last four seasons for both the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles where he tallied 70 tackles and seven sacks.

As scary and dominating as Ngata was on the field, his reserved demeanor off the field made him beloved within Baltimore.

Ngata showed the professionalism and grit necessary for defensive linemen in Baltimore to replicate. He attributed some success to the leaders he played with, such as Hall of Famers Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, as well as Terrell Suggs.

“Learning how to be a pro, how to take care of your body and how to study film, there’s unlimited things you learn from those guys. I think that they kind of helped me mold the player I am today,” Ngata said in his Lions press conference in 2015.

No doubt Ngata helped those three greats in his own right. Ngata’s production and added level of toughness should not be overlooked. He transcended the defensive tackle position as a dual-threat.

In wake of his retirement, there is only one thing left to say: Thank You, Haloti!