Classic ‘Cat Friday: Get Judo Chopped by Haruki Nakamura
By: Nick Boeing
Decided to dig a little deeper and further back for this week’s edition, and my God do I love this highlight video. The music is exactly what it should be for almost every UC football player ever. Some classic 80’s rock that doesn’t make you feel like you’re watching the greatest player in the world, but someone that is at least appreciated for trying hard. Nakamura was kind of one of the original good UC football players, one of the guys that helped the team get over the hump, into the top-25 and paved the way for the two BCS bowl teams.
Nakamura flew so under the radar in his UC days, but he was the team’s secret weapon. Just some average height kid with a Japanese heritage laying the wood on helpless receivers. I remember quite fondly Nakamura being the lone UC defender in NCAA Football ’06 with the impact player circle around his name/number. I’d get picks with him and the camera would zoom in on him in slow motion like a dramatic scene from your favorite Keanu Reeves movie.
After UC, Nakamura was a sixth-round pick of the Ravens in 2008, where he played from 2008-2011. He excelled on special teams in Baltimore, but was forever destined to be a bench guy behind the legendary Ed Reed. He signed with the Panthers in 2012 and actually started 13 games that year, racked up 52 tackles and led the team in with two interceptions. After a concussion in 2013, he was released by Carolina and has been a free agent ever since.
Here’s to hoping you make it back to the promised land, Haruki.