There has been uproar since Ravens’ kicker, Billy Cundiff, missed a thirty- two yard field goal during the AFC Championships, an unfortunate event which has taken the blame for the Baltimore Ravens falling short of their Superbowl dreams.
But was the loss all Cundiff’s fault? What if Lee Evans would have caught the touchdown with twenty-four seconds in the fourth quarter? What if during some point in the game the Ravens would have gone for a different play, scoring another touchdown?
With the team and ‘Ravens Nation’ on his shoulders, Cundiff has done nothing but stay positive, and with good reason. There’s just one thing he needs to prove: his spot.
There’s a new guy in town with one thing on his mind, earning his spot on the 53-man roster. Justin Tucker, a recent graduate from the University of Texas couldn’t be more excited. While speaking with him tonight about being with the Ravens he stated, “It’s an absolute honor just to get the opportunity to play for such a prestigious program, and I couldn’t be more excited to be working toward my dream here in Owings Mills.” So how does this twenty-two year old feel about facing off with Cundiff? Tucker seemed calm, cool, and collected saying, “I am embracing this opportunity and preparing myself to be ‘the guy’ when the season starts. If I approached this competition with any other mindset I’d be doing a disservice to these veterans who have built such a strong foundation for years. I plan on continuing to bring my lunch pail to work every day and meeting the high standards and expectations that have been set around here.”
Facing the challenge of his life, Tucker is staying positive about his future with the Ravens. It’s going to be a battle until the end, the winner, receiving the experience of a lifetime. Here’s to one of, if not, the biggest battles the Ravens are seeing this pre-season. May the best man win!
About the Author
Written by Brandie
Brandie is a graduate from Utah State University where she competed as a Division 1 gymnast. Growing up in the DC area Brandie has always been a fan of the Baltimore Ravens and is honored to have the privilege to write about them.