Ravens offensive lineman Tony Moll saw his season end only a few short weeks ago to the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Divisional Round, but he still has a rooting interest in next Sunday’s Super Bowl between Pittsburgh and the Green Bay Packers.
Moll joined Rex Snider Thursday on “The Afternoon Drive” to talk about who he is pulling for in Super Bowl XLV, and what do you expect he would say?
Green Bay obviously! But not just because he hates the Steelers for being a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
Moll-a former Packer from 2006-2008-still has many friends on the NFC Wild Card Packers and is wishing them all the best down in Dallas next week.
Moll was drafted by the Packers in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Nevada, and during his three years in Green Bay he saw playing time at guard and tackle. He started 10 of 16 games his rookie year and despite battling injuries and inconsistency over the next two seasons, he still managed to start five games for the Packers.
His versatility caught the Ravens eye towards the end of training camp in September of 2009, and with numerous injuries to their offensive line, the Ravens shipped troubled cornerback Derrick Martin to Green Bay in exchange for Moll.
And yet again, Moll found playing time this season with injuries to key pieces of the offensive line, most notably Chris Chester’s skin infection this season.
Moll is scheduled to be a free agent, but even if he is not brought back in Baltimore next season, he still sees good things for the Ravens this season.
“We have the talent and the right people there to be a championship contender year in and year out,” Moll replied.
He sees these two championship contenders in Pittsburgh and Green Bay as being very evenly matched.
“It’s going to be a good one,” Moll said. “I think this is going to be one that a lot of people are going to be watching. They’re two really good teams, and it’s not really lopsided in any way.”
One of his former teammates on the team and a game-changing player in his opinion, cornerback Charles Woodson, already seems poised to make a play against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh offense.
“I think Charles Woodson is definitely going to show up. This is his moment to shine as well. He’s going to be making a lot of big plays on defense,” Moll told Snider.
Former Ravens corner back Derrick Martin-who was traded to the Packers for Moll-joined Thyrl Nelson as well on “The Mobtown Sports Beat”and also had some thoughts about Woodson, his current teammate and mentor.
Martin is currently on IR for Green Bay.
“He is a lot like Ed Reed,” Martin said, who played for the Ravens from 2006-2008 as well after getting drafted by the Ravens in the fifth round out of Wyoming. “He is a big studier, he knows what’s going to happen so he is able to get a good jump on the offense, and it’s always good to pick guys’ brains like that.”
Martin’s biggest contributions as a Raven came in 2007 when he registered 32 tackles and grabbed two interceptions.
He was also asked to size up Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward in preparation for the game given his past playing days against the Steelers wideout.
“He is a crafty receiver,” Martin said, “always playing a little past the whistle and that’s what you expect. I expect him to go hard this game, and that’s all I can tell my teammates.”
Martin would still get a Super Bowl ring given he was active for part of the season this year should the Packers come out on top. His 2010 campaign came to an end on October 10th against the Washington Redskins with a knee injury.
And even though he won’t be on the field for the Packers against his old AFC North foes, he is pumped to still have the championship atmosphere around his team.
“The guys are fired up,” Martin told Nelson. “They are ready to play. They get a little break and then gear back up, and I think they are going to be ready. It’s going to be a game. They are hyped, they are ready, and everybody is excited to be in this position. So, it’s a great honor for them.”
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