In 2009, he rebounded after tearing different ligaments in his knee. Yanda has gained iconic status in the locker room not from his excellent play, but because of repeated Tasers he took in his rookie season from two veterans.
Legend has it he was tased three times and walked away with a smile on his face.
"It was in my rookie year and Samari Rolle and Chris McAlister had $600 lying in the locker room for somebody who would take the tase," said Yanda, laughing. "I was a rookie and it was easy money. They shocked me twice but I think the battery was low and it wasn't that bad. It wouldn't have stopped a 15-year old in a rage.
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"If it was a true Taser, the kind the police use, I would have went down. It was an itty, bitty shock, but easy money."
Yanda's equal on the defensive line is Haloti Ngata. He consumes anything from chicken to quarterbacks. When he played two games basically with one arm and one leg this season, it was like watching replays of Green Bay Ray Nitschke hobbling around on the field on one leg with the Packers in the 1960's.
If you need a body guard, Ngata is your guy.
"He will do whatever it takes to win, even if it is always not legal," Suggs said.
Suggs loves Pollard as a teammate too. Off the field, Pollard is a Bible toting, love everybody safety. On game days, he fights with everybody including head coach John Harbaugh.
"You don't see Christians with that type of aggression," Suggs said. "That boy can get angry sometimes."
Suggs took toughness to a new level this season. He returned from an Achilles rupture nearly a month faster than expected. He isn't his old self yet, but has played reasonably well in the five games he has played this season.
Suggs is basically the link from the old to the new. He was tutored by Reed and Lewis. It's almost comical now that whenever Reed plays a bad game he crushes receivers the next week. There is still a fire inside.
Lewis, who will be returning soon from a triceps injury, still can make plays. Once he is back on the field, he should be better than earlier in the season when he had young linemen in front of him that couldn't protect him.
"He is a great leader on the field every day, regardless if it is in practice or on game day," Yanda said. "He is an excellent motivator."
Said Leach: "We have a lot of different people with different personalities in this locker room. But on Sundays, you have to come out with a tough guy mentality, and we got a lot of them."