Welcome back to the top 50 players in Baltimore sports history. Today on The Baltimore Wire we will be continuing our countdown with numbers 40-31:
40. Haloti Ngata, DT, Baltimore Ravens
Like Siragusa, Ravens fans love Ngata because of his imposing figure. The 6-foot-4, 340-pound lineman has been one of the most feared nose tackles for a number of years. His impact on the game goes beyond the numbers. Ngata occupies two or three offensive lineman on a given play, making it easier for his fellow defensive lineman to do their job.
However, Ngata’s numbers aren’t too shabby either. He recorded five sacks in three straight years from 2010-2012. Recording five sacks as a defensive tackle is not an easy thing to do. He has totaled 414 tackles (262 solo), 23.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles throughout his career.
Although Ngata has only missed five games in his seven-year career, injuries have started to get to him over the last couple of years. He suffered a knee injury which caused him to miss time in each of the last two years, along with a slight decline in his numbers. If Ngata can come back at full health for this upcoming season, the Ravens would get an enormous boost that would entirely change the defense.
39. Roger Carr, WR, Baltimore Colts
Carr played the first eight years of his career with the Colts. Although he only topped 900 yards twice in his career, he helped the Colts win the AFC East division in each year from 1975-1977. He recorded his best numbers in 1976, putting up 1,112 yards (25.9 yards-per-catch) and 11 touchdowns. His second-to-best year was in 1980 when his receptions totaled 924 yards.
Carr failed to receive for even 650 yards in any other year besides those two. However, he was very productive for the team when he played enough games to make an impact. In 1974, 1977, and 1979, Carr started just 17 games combined. In 10 seasons he made 271 receptions for 5071 yards and 31 touchdowns. Carr was inducted into the Louisiana Tech University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.