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This Is a Huge Jalen Ramsey House

I don’t play favorites, but I love this dude.

August 31, 2018 - 11:17 am
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Let me be real for a minute. I don’t root. For anyone or anything other than something to talk about. I don’t have a favorite team, or a favorite guy. Or gal. I just don’t. But I’ll say this: there isn’t an athlete more compelling or more interesting to me right now, than Jalen Ramsey. I’m all about this cat. If you put Jalen Ramsey in your magazine, on your TV show, on your team, if he shows up anywhere, I’m in. I’m all in. So of course I was going to be fired up when I saw that he sat down with Mina Kimes. 

It’s just that after that GQ piece, I didn’t want to get my hopes up too high. I didn’t want to get too hyped, because nothing ever lives up to the hype, except for Jalen Ramsey. He is the exception, because he delivers every time.

Let’s start with their exchange about a possible matchup between Ramsey and his girlfriend’s older brother, Golden Tate:

"Yeah, he wouldn't want that."

Would he give you any trouble?

"None at all."

Golden's pretty fast.

"Not fast enough."

Golden Tate: Super Bowl champion. Pro Bowler. Biletnikoff winner. All-American. Sit down! 

And Jalen was just getting started. And don’t think for a second that this is an act. My guy is serious. For example, Kimes writes: I ask him when he first thought he'd play in the NFL. "Out the womb," he says, cutting into a piece of steak. I laugh. He doesn't.

His girlfriend tells this story: “Ramsey was playing basketball with his 9-year-old nephew and the kid's friends. "He was dunking on them," she says. Later, Ramsey's mother stepped onto the court. He dunked on her too.”

Dunking on 9-year olds isn’t enough, he’s dunking on his own mom. His own mother and he’s dunking on her. The person who made every conceivable sacrifice for him to be in the position he’s in right now and he’s still throwing down in her face and letting her hear about it.

The piece also tells the story of how he went to Florida State and to play for Jimbo Fisher. He started immediately, the first true freshman cornerback to start at FSU since Deion Sanders.

For a guy who’s not short on opinions about anyone and everything, Ramsey describes Fisher as “OK.” When Mina Kimes tells Ramsey she’s never met Fisher, he responds: “you’re not missing out.”

Boom! Have some Jim Bob. If dunking on your mom was vicious, that’s even more so. Ramsey just dunked on Fisher and hung on the rim for about five minutes afterwards, just staring at him. I’m going to go ahead and guess that’s “you’re not missing out” is not going on any of A&M’s new recruiting materials. The fact that he just left it at “you’re not missing out” tells you how little respect he has for Fisher.

And then he gets rolling. 

Here’s Ramsey on everyone in the NFL, Rapid Fire style:

Jalen Ramsey on Antonio Brown: "He's easily the best receiver in the NFL. Easily."

Jalen Ramsey on DeAndre Hopkins: "He's had freaking 100 quarterbacks -- all trash. I could be his quarterback. I could literally be his quarterback."

Jalen Ramsey on Danny Amendola: "Or is it Edelman?" He actually was thinking of Amendola and he’s about to go in: "He just got a brand-new contract and he is terrible. People think he's so great. No, he's not. Tom [Brady] made him look good. Tom could take me as a receiver and I'd be a first-team All-Pro."

And that may sound like junk, but it’s not. Tom Brady could take Ramsey as a receiver and he’d be first-team All-Pro, because of how hard they both work. 

Jalen Ramsey on Rob Gronkowski: "I don't think Gronk is as great as people think he is." And there’s more: "Any time Gronk has been matched up with a corner, he's had a very bad game -- and that corner has had a very good game."

Jalen Ramsey on the Dallas Cowboys: "I will never play for them, unless the Joneses leave."

Jalen Ramsey on Jalen Ramsey: "A lot of people are gonna hate me before they like me. I'm perfectly fine with that."

If you still hate him and haven’t yet moved on to liking him, that’s on you, not on him. Because he’s the best talker in the NFL and damn near the best player in the NFL. The NFL’s more dudes like this. He’s great for the NFL. Great BECAUSE of that rap that some of you hate so much. Great because he says things that no one would ever say, and then goes out and backs it all the hell up. Backs it up with plays, stats and a crazy, crazy work ethic and football I.Q. That’s one of my biggest takeaways from this piece and having spoken to him on this show: this cat works. Hard. And never stops. Because he doesn’t want to just be great, he wants to be the best ever: and the rate he’s going he might end up there. And you’re going to like him, after you finish hating him.

Not me; I’m all about this dude. Always have been. Always will be: because this is not a dude who is ever going to let you down; because he’s never going to stop working. And he’s never going to stop talking. And he’ll always back it up. And whatever you do, don’t tell me he’s bad for the league, because right now, I’d be hard pressed to find anyone or anything that’s better for the shield than Jalen Ramsey. Let there be no confusion at all: this is a huge Jalen Ramsey house. I don’t play favorites, but I love this dude. Straight up. I can’t get enough and I couldn’t respect him any more than I do.