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The Octagon Can Not Contain Kelly Gregg

A great article from the National Football Post from Jack Bechta. Here are a few tidbits.

In August 2008, my phone used to light up about once day, sometimes twice. Kelly Gregg, one of my best clients and the NFL’s leading tackler among D-linemen from 2002 to 2007, was on the line, telling me he was worried he might be cut by the Baltimore Ravens because of a knee injury.

I explained to Kelly that the Ravens couldn’t and wouldn’t let him go because of his knee. “Well,” he told me, “if I do get cut, I want to go into the UFC and fight and beat the best!” I assured Kelly we would get him the finest medical attention available so he could play several more years

I decided to check in on him, as I frequently do. An upbeat and confident Kelly answered the phone and gave me a positive report on his knee, his strength and his overall physical progress. He also said one more thing: “I want to fight Brock Lesnar,” the current UFC champ.

“That would be impossible as long as you’re under contract with the Ravens,” I replied.

“Well, that sucks because I know I can beat him,” he said.

It’s strange when I actually think about the fact that Kelly Gregg did not play a single down during the 2008 season.

The man that fans call “Buddy Lee”, a name given to him by Tony Siragusa, is a double tough customer out of Oklahoma and actually has a wrestling background. Now I’m not saying that he could take Lesnar out but I also wouldn’t bet against him. This is a guy that even Ray Lewis said he would not lock up with to test strength against.

He is one of those type of players that Baltimore fans love. He keeps coming at you all game long and has worked incredibly hard to play at the high level that he does. He is a former 6th round pick that was drafted by the Bengals in 1999. He has gained respects from his peers and the organization even though some might consider him undersized at Defensive Tackle. He’s signed two extensions since then and shoul be in Baltimore at least until 2011.

It goes to show what a great job Justin Bannan did filling in this past season since the interior of the defense was still stout against the run and I actually forgot at one point that he wasn’t there.

But I have to say that hearing from Gregg again makes me all the more excited that he will be back on the field in 2009. It’s just another player out of the 19 that ended up on IR that should be able to help in the coming season.

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