BALTIMORE, MD. — It had been almost nine years since former Anamosa superstar and current Baltimore Ravens All-Pro offensive lineman Marshal Yanda had to deal with a major injury.
So when he was told the news last September that he would have to miss the remainder of the NFL season after suffering a broken left ankle in a 24-10 win over the Cleveland Browns, Yanda had a tough time controlling his emotions.
Actually, he was just plain mad.
“Going through that injury was one of the hardest things I’ve had to deal with in quite a while,” he said. “The first month was tough. I was pissed. I had shoulder surgery last January and then had to have foot surgery in September. Those weren’t the things I wanted to be going through at this point of my career. Two surgeries in the same year.
“But I finally got to a point where I just had to accept what had happened and move on. The faster I could do that the faster I could get through this and get back to where I wanted and needed to be mentally and physically.”
There had been rumors circulating around the league, and also around Anamosa that Yanda was considering retirement.
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said. “I’ll be back next season. I still have that competitive drive in me and I’m not ready to give that up just yet. I’m not one of those guys who is going to hang on at the end of his career. If I don’t feel like I can play at a high level, I‘ll call it quits. But I’m not there yet.
“Plus, we still have some work to do. I think we’re a playoff team and can get back there again next season. I know I’m going to make sure I’m ready when training camp starts next summer.”
Yanda, who just moved back into his Marion home this past weekend, will continue to rehab his ankle with the University of Iowa coaching staff in Iowa City this off-season.
“It feels great to be home,” he said. “It’s a little colder here right now than it is in Baltimore, but Iowa is home.”
Yanda said he also has plans on working with Anamosa football coach Lucas Stanton and the Raider football team while he’s home.
“Nothing’s been set in stone just yet, but whatever I can do to help, I’ll do,”