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Marlon Humphrey humbly welcomed Earl Thomas to Ravens


The championship mindset that was instilled in him at Alabama is coming out more as he will enter his third season in the National Football League in the fall. 

If one looks at Pro Football Focus, the website deemed Marlon Humphrey of the Baltimore Ravens as one of the league’s best cornerbacks. He turned in a very good sophomore season, totaling 37 tackles, 15 pass breakups and two interceptions through 14 regular season games. 

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Both guys have the No. 29 in common; however, Humphrey was willing to relinquish the number to Thomas for the team. In a tweet he shared on Friday, he initially asked for money from Thomas but he instead chose to give the native Texan the number out of respect. 

Humphrey’s “team first” mindset even got him a blessing in return. 

Thomas stated in his first presser as a Raven that he is willing to donate money to the track and field foundation that Humphrey’s mother is running. Terrell Suggs and C.J. Mosley may be gone, but the native of Hoover (Ala.) is exemplifying the traits that make Baltimore a strong organization.


Regardless of what number he chooses, Humphrey and Thomas will victimize quarterbacks and terrorize wide receivers next season with their brand of coverage skills.  

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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