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Cook Celebrates With Fam and Friends

Ravens rookie Jason Cook was all smiles after his team defeated the Atlanta Falcons 20-3 Thursday night. After all, the Atlanta native had scored the first points of the game in the stadium he grew up with, in front of his home crowd. As sparse as the fans were at the Georgia Dome, Cook knew [...]

Posted by Mike Duffy on Friday, September 4th, 2009 at 3:59 am | Categories: Mike Duffy

Ravens rookie Jason Cook was all smiles after his team defeated the Atlanta Falcons 20-3 Thursday night.

After all, the Atlanta native had scored the first points of the game in the stadium he grew up with, in front of his home crowd. As sparse as the fans were at the Georgia Dome, Cook knew he had at least 10 members of his cheering section.

Those friends and family screamed wildly when Cook hauled in a short pass from quarterback John Beck on the Ravens’ first drive of the game and rumbled 5 yards into the end zone.

“I tell you, God has been so good,” said a thankful Cook. “He has been so sovereign. Just to give me an opportunity first off and then to make it to training camp. I got to come back home and play in front of a lot of friends and family. Then I got a chance to score and be a part of this Ravens team. It’s mind blowing. It’s amazing.”

Cook could not contain his excitement, and rightfully so. It was a big showing that may have earned him a roster spot a mere two days before the final 53-man roster must be turned in to the NFL.

The Ole Miss product joined the Ravens as an undrafted free agent and began apprenticing under incumbent Le’Ron McClain.

With McClain moving back to more of a typical fullback role, there will be less opportunities for a player like Cook. But, McClain, who was the Ravens’ leading rusher last season, still figures into the ground game, which could make a player with Cook’s talents beneficial as a blocker and pass-catcher out of the backfield.

Cook, who attended North Gwinnett High School about 35 miles outside of Atlanta, realized the chance he had back in training camp, and he put in a lot of extra time with Beck to perfect his execution on that particular play.

“When they called the play, I knew that I was the first read,” Cook said. “As soon as I got out and saw that nobody was on me and the nearest guy was a corner who was seven or eight yards off of the ball. I knew right then that I had a chance.

“As soon as I got it there was nobody there. And John made a good pass. Beck and I have stayed after practice a lot working on that play. It just goes to show that if you stay after and work hard that it pays off.”

Note: A previous version of this blog post referred to Cook as “Foster.” BaltimoreRavens.com apologizes for the error.

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