BALTIMORE – For the fourth year in a row, former UMaine defensive lineman Pat Ricard will take the field for the Baltimore Ravens starting this Sunday against Cleveland.
Before he could get to the preseason, he powered through a summer of Zoom meetings and individual workouts like many of us. Ricard said this summer was the most time he has spent at home with his wife, and family, since the two started dating before he enrolled at UMaine.
By the end of the summer, he and the rest of the Ravens made their way to training camp, at the teams facility in Ownings Mills, MD. Ricard said he was more excited to train than he has been in the past, due to the long layoff.
“You couldn’t even go in the building until you passed four tests in a row, so the rookies had to do that a week before us, we, the vets, had to be on zoom, while they were here in the facility doing stuff, I was so jealous, I felt like I was in trouble or something.”
After going undrafted in 2017, Ricard continues to make a name for himself as a bruising fullback and nose tackle for the Baltimore Ravens.
Ricard earned his first Pro Bowl appearance last season. Now, Ricard, Lamar Jackson, and the rest of the Ravens offense are eyeing a Super Bowl run.
The Ravens will play their home games in front of no fans this season, due to concerns around COVID-19, a move that Ricard says take some of the motivation of the team’s play.
“The grind, the studying, the practice, the meetings, the rehab is to play in front of thousands of people to cheer you on, now you don’t have that, it’s going to be a big loss to this team, to this league, to the fans, everybody, I’m jealous of the stadiums that can have fans.”
Ricard and the Ravens open the 2020 NFL season on September 13 against the Cleveland Browns.