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Ngata inspired by memory of his parents

Ngata inspired by memory of his parents

OWINGS MILLS -- Haloti Ngata won't be alone tomorrow morning during his initial footsteps into the NFL when he dons a helmet and cleats in the Baltimore Ravens' locker room. Not in his heart, not in his mind and definitely not in spirit as the massive defensive tackle attends Saturday's rookie minicamp.

A devout Mormon, Ngata is certain that somewhere Solomone and Olga Ngata are watching him and taking pride in his status as the Ravens' first-round draft pick. His father, Solomone, died in December of 2002 when a patch of ice caused his truck to slide off the highway. The native of Tonga was 45 years old. Olga Ngata, who suffered from diabetes and kidney disease, was the primary reason...

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