It will always be part of his NFL journey. Henry Ruggs can’t escape it. Years will pass and debates will linger about the 2020 rookie wide receiver class. Who was better. Who was underrated, overrated, a steal.
Forget the part about life being easier when you stop comparing yourself to others. Sports howl at such a notion.
Ruggs on Sunday added some punch to his mostly empty résumé with the biggest catch of his young career, a 46-yard touchdown with five seconds left that allowed the Raiders to avoid total disaster and beat the Jets 31-28 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
It wasn’t just how things began or ended for him. It was what occurred in the middle.