If there's one thing the Baltimore Ravens had in the 2000s, it was tough guys. The mantra "play like a Raven" still sits in M&T Bank Stadium's home locker room.
Players such as Ray Lewis, Shannon Sharpe and Terrell Suggs defined this.
After the Packers selected Georgia defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt in the first round of the NFL draft, a player with a history of some off-field issues; former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott spoke on the pick, and opened up about how Baltimore would build out its roster.
[The Packers] need to get tough up the middle. I know why they may have some off-the-field issues, but you have to get some tough guys. Everybody can’t be choir boys.
When I was with the Ravens, we had to make sure that we had at least two people on the team with a couple felonies, just to make sure our street cred was right, when we had to go into these back alleys and pass some of these dog fights.
Scott was a key member of one of the NFL's best defensed from 2002-2008.
When his fellow ESPN radio host told him "You've gotta be careful with the felony, Bart," the Pro Bowl LB pushed back. Referencing teammates Ray Lewis, Jamal Lewis and Terrell Suggs.
Sometimes, you gotta have some people that aren’t choir boys. That’s why you had a strong locker room — to keep them in check. Listen: The funniest sign I’ve ever seen in my life was ’52 + 31 = 10 to 20.’ It was Ray Lewis plus Jamal Lewis equals 10-20 in prison.
Terrell Suggs beat a dude with a stop sign coming out of Arizona State, you know what I mean? You got to have a couple guys like that. We can clean them up, we can get them counseling, but you definitely gotta have some goon goblins. You’ve got to get a couple.