During the first eight years of his NFL career in Baltimore, offensive guard
Ed Mulitalo formed a special bond with the Baltimore-area community with his
easy-going, friendly style, his all-out effort on the football field and his
charitable work. And as he heads into his ninth season, playing for a new team
for the first time in his NFL career, Ed's fully aware of how fortunate he's
been to still be playing the game and to still be having so much fun.
"Every day I wake up and thank God that I've had the career that I've
had," he said during a recent Scout Radio interview. "You look around at your friends who are working 9 to 5 jobs and you're just
thankful for the hand you've been dealt. I'm thankful for everything that's
transpired during my career."
During the offseason, Mulitalo was released by the Ravens after a year where he was
only able to play in the first four games. He suffered a season-ending injury
after missing just four games over the previous six seasons. He tore his tricep
and needed surgery to repair the damage.
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"It was brutal. The tendon that holds your tricep
to your elbow tore off my elbow," he explained. "I was blocking, I was trying to cut a
linebacker and was diving and I put my arm down. And with the force my arm hit
the ground, my tricep just snapped."
The 6-foot-3, 350-pound lineman provides an update on his progress and his readiness for his first year in
Detroit in our Scout Radio audio feature. And he also talks about his career in
Baltimore and the great work he's done with his charitable foundation, Big Ed's
Band (www.bigedsband.com), that provides
assistance to the music programs of inner-city schools.
"We have an open application process for music teachers to
apply on a needs to wants basis. I guess we've helped over 50 schools in
the time I've been in Baltimore," he said. " And it's been a great time doing it, especially
since music is a passion of mine. I always find out that you can always connect
with somebody with some sort of music."
Scout.com subscribers can listen to this 6-minute audio feature with Ed
Mulitalo, one of the NFL's truly fun and good guys, by clicking the link below:
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