The grimace on St. Louis
Prior to being cut by the
Immortalized on YouTube, video of the sack and forced fumble has garnered attention for Hamilton since joining the Ravens.
"As a pass rusher, you have to be relentless," Hamilton told The Baltimore Sun in a telephone interview from the Dallas airport Sunday afternoon. "One move might not work, so you need to try another move. You have to consistently chase the ball. I bring a fire, I'm hungry to get to the quarterback. I want to help the team in any way possible, whatever it takes."
Despite a solid preseason, Hamilton didn't stick with the
He battled knee and wrist injuries during training camp and fell victim to a numbers game in Dallas where
The Cowboys kept linebacker
As a reserve linebacker, Hamilton didn't display much in the way of special-teams skills.
"It was crowded, definitely," Hamilton said. "It was a numbers game. I played as hard as I could."
Hamilton's forte is rushing the passer.
Despite recording 81 tackles, six forced fumbles and being named a Football Championship Subdivision All-American and putting on a season-long hit parade captured in this highlight video, Hamilton went undrafted.
"I talked to the Ravens a bit before the draft, but it was nothing major," said Hamilton, a 6-foot-3, 257-pounder with 4.6 to 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash. "I was talking to everybody whose draft board I was on. Getting overlooked was ultimately one of the reasons I left Dallas because I wasn't drafted.
"It had no strong ties for me, it is what it is. I'm a good pass rusher, and I'll keep getting better at everything. I'll regroup. I'm coming to a good situation."
The Ravens could use some assistance at pressuring the quarterback with Pro Bowl outside linebacker
During four preseason games, the Ravens generated only six sacks and no player had more than one.
Rookie second-round outside linebacker
Starting outside linebacker
"Watching their defense with
A former standout at Dallas Carter, which has also produced
Former Texas Tech coach
Hamilton later enrolled at Dallas Community College, where he didn't play football, to improve his academic standing. He was eventually given a scholarship to Prairie View, where his defensive line coach was former
"I just needed someone to give me a shot, and Prairie View did that," Hamilton said. "All I've ever wanted was an opportunity to play football, and now I'm getting another chance to show what I can do with the Ravens. I can't wait to get there and start practicing."