Potential Hall of Famer Eric Weddle spent nine years with the Chargers and one year with the Rams, but if you ask him, his fondest memories came during his three years in Baltimore.
Weddle recently announced his retirement from the NFL, and despite 10 of his 13 seasons coming away from Charm City, he told The Athletic that he sees himself retiring as a Raven.
“As of right now, I would retire as a Raven before those other two teams,” he answered emphatically.
Weddle’s tenure in Baltimore was a successful one. The Ravens defense finished top 10 in points allowed each of his three seasons, and top 12 in yards allowed, including a finish as the number one defense in 2018.
Of his six Pro Bowl appearances, three came in his three years with the Ravens. That success, along with the relationships he built within the organization, left an impression on Weddle.
“I’m a Raven,” Weddle continued. “I loved my time with the Rams. I was all in, but those three years in Baltimore were as fun and enjoyable as I’ve ever had in my career.”
The longtime safety ended on poor terms with the Chargers organization, and his time in Los Angeles lasted just a single season, so it’s not too surprising that he would see himself in purple and black first and foremost.
Still, it’s something Ravens fans will be happy to hear. Not only does it highlight how respected the Ravens’ organization is to players around the league, but it’s affirmation that a star player reciprocates the love he received from fans for years.
Weddle was a consummate professional who always felt like a “true Raven,” and his comments further solidify the strong relationship he had with the city of Baltimore.
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