ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 09: Safety Ken Hamlin #26 of the Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Former Cowboys' safety Ken Hamlin exited Dallas with a whimper in April, just two seasons after coming over from Seattle and taking the city by storm. That was 2007, when Hamlin recorded 102 tackles, five interceptions, and a very justified Pro Bowl appearance at the end of the year, his first and only to date.
Since then, suffice it to say the veteran safety's stock has fallen somewhat.
Signed by Baltimore last week, Hamlin is relishing his third opportunity in the NFL, albeit in a reserve role behind perennial Pro Bowler Ed Reed. Indeed, Hamlin is looking forward to playing with Reed, as well as Ray Lewis, the all-everything Baltimore linebacker.
“Those guys have been making plays and making their name known for some years now in the league, not just in the AFC," Hamlin told 107.5 The Fan in Baltimore, per SportsRadioInterviews.com. "They’ve been doing it where they’re recognized in the NFL period. It’s an honor to be playing with these type of guys. Ed, being at the same position, and just being able to pick his brain a little bit with the type of things he does."
After a less than glorious exit from Dallas, Hamlin is itching to start anew with Baltimore, and prove to their fans--and, no doubt, the Cowboys--that he still has a good deal left in the tank.
“I’ve had my second wind already," Hamlin said. "This is a phenomenal opportunity. Things happen whether it’s business or whatever in this league. I understand the business side of things. I understand these aren’t times when a guy is going to be on the team forever. All I know is that when I strap on my pads and I put that jersey on, the Raven fans and the coaches and the players know that they’re going to get someone who is going to be out and working as hard as he can and going as fast as he can."