There are days, Austin Howard says, when an NFL player needs to dwell on the sting from a lousy performance.
Some of his Ravens teammates prefer to turn their attention to the next opponent as quickly as possible. But not the mammoth right tackle.
“You have to beat yourself up a little bit,” he said. “We have to get better as a team, and that starts with looking at the guy in the mirror. … If you had a few plays you wish you could have back, that’s one of the worst feelings ever. They always say, ‘Let’s move on, let’s move on.’ But for me, I have to know what happened on those plays that went poorly.”
One of the first postgame calls Howard makes, after he lets his wife...
Even when he has a... not awful game, this expression is permanently frozen on Jake Delhomme's face. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)