Ravens guard Marshal Yanda epitomizes what it means to be a Baltimore Raven.
The former Iowa pig farmer’s blue-collar work ethic is second to none both on and off the field.
On Friday, the gritty offensive lineman announced through USA Football (official youth football development program) that he will donate a $1,000 equipment grant to his alma mater Anamosa (Iowa) High School’s football program.
Yanda, was named to USA Football’s 2014 All-Fundamentals Team in December for employing proper blocking techniques.
As an All-Fundamentals Team player, Yanda received an equipment grant valued at $1,000 from USA Football to donate to the youth organization or high school program of his choice.
The June after the Ravens’ Super Bowl championship, the close knit community of Anamosa and its high school named their weight room after him and retired his #77 jersey.
“At NIACC, we had 122 guys on the football team,” Yanda told the crowd in June. “Our coach said ‘How many of you want to play Division I ball?’ Everybody raised their hand. Then he said less than one percent of you would make it.
“I buckled down and took that to heart. I was the one guy who made it out of 122, by working hard and sacrificing.” Yanda told the Gazette in Iowa.
Marshal’s story is the kind of story that warms the heart. From a small town in Iowa to the bright lights of M&T Bank Stadium, he proves that dreams can come true with hard work and lots of heart, but you should never forget where you came from.
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