OWINGS MILLS – Eric Weddle had his welcome-to-the-Ravens press conference Wednesday, just a few hours before the Ravens cut safety Will Hill, and news broke of Hill’s 10-game suspension from the NFL.
Weddle’s presence as a former Pro Bowl safety becomes even more important for the Ravens in wake of Hill’s loss Weddle had interesting comments about his new team, and his current team.
On his departure from the Chargers after nine seasons and making the Pro Bowl three times:
“I wasn’t wanted there,” Weddle said. “For me, personally, it’s a blessing in disguise…It’s hard to imagine how much I want to win for this organization, a team that wants me.
“It was hard to deal with, to wake up every day, going to work at 4:30 in the morning knowing that the organization doesn’t want you after this year. It was hard to deal with. You play through injuries. You play through all that stuff, and the only thing that got me through that season was my teammates. But it made me stronger.”
His impressions of the Ravens organization:
“I’ve always envied their success, I’ve always envied the way they play. I’m a simple guy. I live and breathe football. That’s my family away from my family. I sacrifice a lot of my time with my kids and my wife to give everything I can to my team…When you think of Baltimore, you think football. You don’t think of anything else…obviously, the Orioles.”
On being the most-decorated Ravens safety since Ed Reed:
“Ed Reed, he’s a legend. Ed Reed will always be the standard that players look up to, and want to strive to be like. I’m not Ed Reed. I’m Eric Weddle, and you’re going to get a great Eric Weddle that does a lot of amazing things on the football field.”