Ravens' Harewood takes football to island

Ravens' Harewood takes football to island
April 3, 2013, 10:30 pm
Share This Post

Could there be another Ramon Harewood in Barbados? If so, he may be getting his start over the next few days, thanks to the Ravens offensive lineman.

Starting Thursday, Harewood will be back in his native country, holding a football clinic with teammates Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, Michael Oher and Bryan Hall. The program, called Big Mon Elite Athlete Development Camp, will instruct 200 11- to 18-year-olds about football techniques and in fitness and training.

"The strong academic foundation and diverse athletic training I received growing up in Barbados has enabled me to achieve success on many levels as an adult, and it is an honor to share what I have learned with the younger generation," Harewood said in a news release.

Harewood, a starter at guard for the Ravens at the beginning of the 2012 season, didn’t play football while growing up in Barbados because the sport wasn’t played there. He had participated in volleyball and rugby. However, at the suggestion of a former coach — who took note of Harewood’s 6-foot-6, 300-plus-pound frame — whom Harewood met at a college fair in his home country, he took up the game at Division II Morehouse College and ended up being drafted by the Ravens on the sixth round in 2010.