Ravens-Steelers has long been one of the NFL's better rivalries, and it'll be renewed in Pittsburgh Oct. 6.
Ravens left guard Bradley Bozeman and his wife, Nikki, welcome the challenge that the game brings early in the season -- and it just so happens that the rivalry reminds them of another storied rivalry in college football.
Bradley and Nikki both went to the University of Alabama, with Bradley playing football and Nikki playing basketball. Ravens-Steelers rivalry reminds them of something slightly different than what people from Maryland are used to.
"It's reminiscent of Auburn-Alabama, where we're from," Nikki said on
Glenn Clark Radio
Sept. 30. "I love it. I'm just a very competitive person. I love going to the game and people are talking crap. You go into the game, you're so excited. I love it."
Nikki will be making her first trip to Heinz Field Oct. 6, and she joked that she's ready for what may come her way.
"[Bradley] was like, 'Yeah, you've just got to be careful.' I said, 'I love you, but I am 6-foot-1. I am a large individual. I am totally OK with it, but I think I'm going to be fine," Nikki said. "... You can't go into a game like this taking anything personal, because you'll have a miserable game. You just have to let it all go."
Bradley, meantime, is focused on what'll be happening on the field.
"It's always a physical game," Bradley said. "It's one of the most physical games all year."
The Ravens suffered a 40-25 loss to the Browns, a divisional opponent at home Sept. 29, which pushed Baltimore to 2-2 on the season. Quarterback Lamar Jackson threw his first two interceptions of the year and went 24-for-34 for 247 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Mark Ingram rushed for 71 yards on 12 carries but had a costly fumble. Receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown had just four catches for 22 yards.
Despite the loss, there were some bright spots in the box score. Receivers Willie Snead (two catches for 61 yards and a score) and Miles Boykin (three catches for 32 yards and a touchdown) and tight end Mark Andrews (four catches for 31 yards and a touchdown) all contributed.
Bradley is not worried about this two-game skid and assured the fans not to give up hope.
"We're so close," Bradley said. We're an inch here, a foot in there. We're so close and we have to capitalize on it. We're going to get there, so just hang on. We'll get there."
Before being drafted by the Ravens in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Bozeman played his college ball under legendary coach Nick Saban. Most people don't get to see the lighter side of Saban when he's not talking football, but Bozeman said there is indeed another side to him.
"Coach Saban is all football. He's always really intense and ready to go. When he does crack a smile and joke around with us a little bit, they just come out of nowhere," Bozeman said. "It just catches you so off guard. He's in a good mood today."
For more from the Bozemans, listen to the full interview here:
Bradley and Nikki Bozeman join Glenn Clark Radio every Monday at 11:30 a.m.
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