Confidence and self-belief are not traits Jalen Ramsey lacks. Over the past two years, he has emerged as the NFL’s preeminent shutdown cornerback and perhaps the league’s best trash talker too.
The Jacksonville Jaguars star is so confident in his athletic ability, in fact, that in an ESPN The Magazine feature from Mina Kimes he said that with a bit of training he could crack an NHL roster in short order despite having never played hockey before.
Ramsey was a standout high school football player in his home state of Tennessee, obviously, but he was also a track and field superstar that even set a state record in long jump. He was also a track and field star at Florida State in addition to being an All-American defensive back.
Kimes explained that Ramsey has excelled at basically every sport he has ever attempted to play, including lacrosse.
“He’s never tried skating, but if he trained for six months, he says, he could probably crack the NHL,” Kimes wrote.
The proclamation that he could become a professional hockey player within half a year shouldn’t be a total surprise considering it’s coming from a player who earlier this summer threw shade at nearly every quarterback currently in the NFL.
Now, if he’s serious about hockey, maybe he should get in contact with AFC South rival J.J. Watt for some hockey tips. Or, he could ask Larry Fitzgerald how difficult skating can be if you’re not used to it.
In a humbling revelation, the fifth-overall pick from the 2016 NFL Draft did admit that he lacks the proper coordination to thrive at baseball.