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Haruki Robert Nakamura [HA-roo-key nah-kah-MURR-ah] (中村春樹, born April 18, 1986 in ) is a Japanese-American football safety for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League.

Early life

Nakamura's parents, Karen and Ryozo, were each competitive in international judo competitions. His mother is a fourth degree black belt, and his late father Ryozo was an eighth degree black belt. His brothers Mako and Yoshi were each international judo champions. Yoshi was a two-time Ohio state wrestling champion and also competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials. Nakamura's sister was a national champion in judo.

Nakamura attended St. Edward High Schoolmarker, an all-boys catholic high school on the Cleveland's west side. He played football, playing both wide receiver and defensive back. In 2003, he was instrumental in the team's runner-up finish in the Ohio Division I "big school" playoffs. He earned second-team "All-Ohio" honors as a defensive back in his senior season. He graduated in 2004.

He attended the University of Cincinnatimarker, where he majored in Criminal Justice. He played college football for the Bearcats, playing free safety and on special teams. He earned first-team "All-Big East" honors.

On April 26, 2008, he was drafted by the Ravens in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, the 206th player overall.

Professional football

Nakamura had 12 tackles in 16 games of the 2008 season.

On January 10, 2009, Nakamura recorded a career high five tackles in the Baltimore Ravens 13-10 upset of the AFC's top-seeded Tennessee Titans.

On November 16, 2009, Nakamura was injured on the opening kickoff of a Monday Night Football game versus the Cleveland Browns in his hometown of Clevelandmarker. He suffered a broken right ankle attempting to make a tackle on special teams. Two days later, he was placed on the injured reserve list, ending his season.


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  4. HARUKI NAKAMURA ‘04 NFL Draft DiarySt. Edward Alumni Magazine Summer 2008 (Accessed November 24, 2009)
  9. Ken Murray Haruki Nakamura carried offThe Baltimore Sun November 16, 2009 (Accessed November 24, 2009)
  10. Press Release - Ravens Roster MovesRavens Team Press Release,, November 18, 2009 (Accessed November 24, 2009)

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