Selected to his first-ever Pro Bowl, Ngata has been a staple on the defensive line by producing 40 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for Baltimore’s sixth-ranked run defense (96.1 yards per game). With Ngata’s help, the Ravens also rank first in average yards allowed per rush (3.5).
“I’ve been working so hard to be one of the best ever since I entered the NFL,” Ngata said. “This is unbelievably gratifying and a great honor. As a player in college, you just want to get to the league. If you’re fortunate enough to make it to this level, everyone then dreams of going to the Pro Bowl.
“Without the other D-lineman on our team, I wouldn’t be able to do the things I do,” Ngata added. “I’m thankful for guys like Kelly Gregg, who has taught me so much about technique and been a great role model. Trevor Pryce, Justin Bannan and Dwan Edwards have helped me grow, and they push me every day. Coach [Clarence] Brooks is somebody who makes me better and constantly demands the best out of me. None of this is possible without any of these guys, so that’s why this is a group award.”