Chuck Pagano

New Ravens defensive coordinator Don 'Wink' Martindale gives nod to high school coach for jump-starting career

New Ravens defensive coordinator Don 'Wink' Martindale gives nod to high school coach for jump-starting career

The nickname was bestowed on Don Martindale the first day he arrived at little Defiance College. A roommate and teammate named Donald Brown saw Martindale’s athletic bag and made reference to a popular TV game-show host.

“I walked in and I had ‘Martindale’ on my bag and he said, ‘Hey ‘Wink,’ ” the Ravens’ new defensive coordinator said with a smile during training camp. “It stuck.”

Nearly 40 years later, as he transitioned from playing football to coaching high schools, colleges and in the NFL, Martindale stuck, too, including the past six years in charge of the Ravens’ linebackers.

Hired to replace Dean Pees in January, Martindale is now tasked with taking the Ravens...

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