Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey faces tough challenges week-in and week-out against some of the NFL’s best wide receivers and is usually up to the task.
With all the extra down time this offseason, he faced maybe his toughest yet after three seasons in the NFL: Taking his cat, Snowflake, for a walk.
Humphrey might be an All-Pro corner, but that doesn’t prepare you for trying to walk an animal that thrives on ignoring its owner at all times. As this Instagram post from last month shows, Humphrey took Snowflake to a local practice field on April 5, put on an appropriately purple Ravens leash…and watched as the cat took a hard left into a soccer net. Twice.
“It didn’t go well,” Humphrey told NFL.com.
There’s a reason the phrase “herding cats” exists and it isn’t because they will gladly allow you to steer them in any direction. Humphrey eventually got Snowflake headed in the right direction, but the video cuts off before we see if the little guy made it more than 10 yards before he decided to do something else. Covering Michael Thomas or Julio Jones sounds more fun.
To be fair, Humphrey loves Snowflake. The cat has its own Instagram page. The NFL skews heavily toward dog fans, but Humphrey, who had a good friend who owned a cat during college at Alabama, is like Snowflake. He’s willing to go his own way.
“My cat pitch is most people don’t like cats. I used to not like cats until…I got a cat,” Humphrey said on a Ravens Facebook Live question and answer session with fans in November. “You can’t just knock it before you get to be around them.”
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