Harbaugh: Haruki “One Of My Favorite Players”

The Head Coach believes Nakamura’s work ethic will contribute to a long career in the NFL.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Monday, August 30th, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

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Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh doesn’t want to embarrass any of his players, but he can’t help but heap praise on Haruki Nakamura.

And it wasn’t necessarily for Nakamura’s stellar play Saturday against the New York Giants, when he recorded a highlight-reel interception and batted four passes.

“He’s one of my favorite players, and I’m sure he’s going to take a lot of heat in the locker room when they see this quote, but it’s because of the way he works,” Harbaugh said with a smile.  “He’s a very talented guy, but he’s in the weight room doing hang cleans and squats this morning – and here’s a guy coming off an ankle injury.

“That is why he is who he is.”

Nakamura took full ownership of his recovery from an ankle injury that ended his 2009 campaign early.  Rarely would a day go by during the offseason where Nakamura was not working with Ravens trainers at the team’s training facility in Owings Mills, Md.

Now healthy, the former sixth-round draft pick is making a name for himself as a ball-hawk for both the defense and special teams – and he’s obviously having fun doing it.

When Harbaugh saw Nakamura in the weight room prior to Monday’s practice, the coach asked why he was sweating even before taking the field.

“He said, ‘That’s what my dad always told me. He said, “There’s no other way but hard work.”‘” Harbaugh continued.  “He’s a guy you root for, and if he plays like that, he’s going to play in the league for a long time.”

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