Move over Ray Lewis, there’s a new linebacker in Baltimore, and his name is Brendon Ayanbadejo. The Ravens’ superb defense has a new face that has provided a spark to the already fierce Baltimore defense.
Here is what was said about Ayanbadejo upon being named AFC Defensive Player Of The Week
Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has only been featured in the Ravens’ defense for three weeks and mostly just in passing situations.
And already he is bringing in the hardware.
Ayanbadejo received the AFC Defensive Player of the Week award for his performance against the Cleveland Browns in Week 3.
Ayanbadejo recorded an interception, a sack and six tackles according to coaches’ video, including one tackle for a loss. He is second on the Ravens with 17 tackles.
Ayanbadejo intercepted Browns replacement quarterback Derek Anderson on his first drive in the third quarter. It was his first interception since his second season in the NFL in 2004.
This marks the first time that Ayanbadejo has been named a Player of the Week Award. It is the Ravens’ first since Terrell Suggs won AFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 7 of 2008.
Ayanbadejo is just one of the many members that make up the Ravens’ D, and with all the success that he has had in the early part of the 2009 season, it will be interesting to see if he can keep it up all 16 games and into the playoffs.