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Despite hurdles, Ravens' Timmy Jernigan has learned to 'never play mad'
Despite hurdles, Ravens' Timmy Jernigan has learned to 'never play mad'

All of 22 years old, Timmy Jernigan already sounded like a wise old head as he assessed the circumstances that made him a starting defensive lineman for the Ravens. "Strange opportunity is a part of this league," Jernigan observed in his relaxed North Florida drawl. For much of his rookie season, Jernigan happily played understudy to Haloti Ngata, the rock at the center of the Ravens' defense. But when a four-game suspension abruptly removed the rock, Jernigan gained the opportunity he'd dreamed of since grade school. He has seized it, demonstrating the blend of power and quickness that had the Ravens excited when Jernigan fell to them in the second round of the...

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