An Open Letter From Haruki Nakamura|
March 14, 2011
Former University of Cincinnati standout defensive back Haruki Nakamura, now with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, a Japanese American, has been deeply affected by the deadly earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Nakamura has confirmed his family is safe.
Nakamura is throwing his support behind relief efforts to aid those affected by the disaster that has caused massive amounts of destruction.
"The tragic events surrounding the devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan has triggered many emotions from people across the world.
Haruki Nakamura shared the Claude Rost Award as the Bearcats' most outstanding player during the 2007 campaign. He was the Speed Award honoree, as the defensive backfield's MVP, after registering a fumble recovery and an interception for the victorious Aina team at the 2008 Hula Bowl.
A starter in each of his final 37 games for the Bearcats, Nakamura was a unanimous first-team all-BIG EAST Conference choice following his final campaign. A three-year starter in the Cincinnati defensive secondary, he finished as the top tackler with 95 stops in 2007. The sure-handed defensive back also handled the punt return responsibilities for the Bearcats, totaling 104 yards on 15 returns. He notched a season-long 24-yard return in the victory at Rutgers. Nakamura earned BIG EAST Player of the Week plaudits after creating a pair of fumbles, an interception and 11 solo stops in the 38-33 victory at USF.
He is entering his fourth NFL season with the Baltimore Ravens.