Ted Ginn

Willie Henry has evolved from forgotten man to essential Raven in span of nine games

Willie Henry has evolved from forgotten man to essential Raven in span of nine games

Comb the Ravens’ roster or the team’s box scores from this season, and you won’t see the name “Big Earl.”

Just know that he looms increasingly large for the team’s personality, its fortunes for this season and its future prospects.

“Big Earl” is Willie Henry’s nickname, invariably uttered with a smile by veteran teammates when they assess the defensive tackle’s remarkable progress this season. Some drop the “Big” and just call him “Earl.” Others go with “Willie Earl” as if he’s an old outlaw bluesman. It doesn’t much matter. All versions point to the same grinning, dancing destroyer who’s evolved from a nonentity to one of the Ravens’ key defensive players over the past nine...

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