Former Queen’s College student Ramon Harewood is starting to make a name for himself in the National Football League in the United States after being drafted in 2010 by the Baltimore Ravens.
But contrary to widespread belief and reports, the talented 25-year-old left guard, who spent most of his first two seasons on the injured reserve list, is not the first Barbadian to have played in the NFL. In fact, he is the fifth to have done so.
The 6 ft 6 in, 300-plus pound Harewood who played football at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, after leaving Barbados, was preceded into the NFL by the Barbadian-born Roger Farmer, Samuel Seale, Robert Bailey and Elvis Joseph
The 6 ft 3 in Farmer, who celebrates his 57th birthday next month, got the broken trident flying in the NFL in 1979 when he debuted as a wide receiver for the New York Jets in what was a brief seven-game one-year career. He had previously played football at Baker University. Farmer had not been drafted.
Seale, who celebrates his 50th birthday this Saturday, had 121 games over an 11-year career in the NFL. He was picked in the eighth round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the then-Los Angeles Raiders. After one year as a wide receiver and three seasons as a defensive back/kick returner, Seale then played for the San Diego Chargers for the next four seasons.After becoming a full-time starter at cornerback for the first time in his pro career in 1989, Seale appeared in all 16 games for San Diego in both 1990 and 1991. He then returned to Los Angeles in 1992 to play one additional season for the Raiders and his final year in the NFL (1993) with the then Los Angeles Rams. One of his three children, Ricky, is the all-time leading rusher in San Diego prep history.