Each week, we bring you a Q&A with a Ravens player, coach or team executive to help you learn a little more about the team. Today's guest is cornerback Lardarius Webb.
What does it mean to you to represent Division I-AA Nicholls State as a starting cornerback in the NFL?
It's not just pride, it's privilege to be here. And in my heart, I've always wanted to be the best. So I'm always trying to show my best, and that's on kickoff returns, punt returns or corner or nickel back. I just want to be the best. So coming from a small school, I've always had a little chip on my shoulder.
When the Ravens used a third-round pick on you in 2009, did you feel pressure to represent smaller schools?
No. When I got drafted by the Ravens, the only thing I was thinking about was, 'Man, I get to play with Ed Reed.' I always wanted to be like him. So to actually walk into the same defensive meeting room, I was like, 'Oh, man, I get to be in there. I get to see Ed.'"
How gratifying is it to overcome doubts about your talent and the torn anterior cruciate ligament in your right knee toward the end of your rookie year and be a starter for the Ravens?
I'm still on that same journey. I just want to make the non-believers believe. For me, I'm just always trying to be the best. You always have doubters. But me, I don't listen to the doubters. I'm not even trying to prove a point to anybody. I just go out and be me, and my game will prove itself.
How do you not pay attention to what critics have to say and write?
It's hard. It's hard not to listen to anybody else. That's why I had to cut down on my Twitter, because I've learned that on good days, yeah, they're going to love you. Bad days, then they hate you, and they can say some horrible things. If you don't have the heart and mindset to ignore what they say, then you've got to be able to take it. That's why I don't like the social network. I'll do it just because you have to do it and you want to connect with people. I like connecting with my fans, but I don't like when other people get on your nerves. And young players are not used to it.
Is that why you've been using Twitter lately just to announce charity events and community projects you're involved in?
Yeah, that's what I do now. I used to go on there and play around, but now it's just for charities, sponsors, that's it.
What does it mean to you to be tied with Ray Lewis for the team lead in tackles?
I don't like it. I wish I could lead the team in PBUs [pass break-ups] or interceptions. But all these tackles tell me that I'm working my butt off running to the ball. But I'd rather change that.
Who's the toughest wide receiver you've covered?
Anquan Boldin is the toughest.
What's the best interception you've made?
I've only had two. [It's now three after picking off St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford on Sunday.] I would say my first one. It was against the Dolphins [on Nov. 7, 2010] and Chad Henne.
Have you had a welcome-to-the-NFL moment?
Not yet. My teammates pick on me all the time. I'm surprised I'm not getting picked on right now. I'm not even a rookie, but they still mess with me like I'm one. It's all in good fun, though.
Ravens Q&A: Cornerback Lardarius Webb
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