Ravens Ben Cleveland discusses eating squirrels as part of his diet

Squirrel: What’s this for dinner.

Ravens rogue offensive lineman Ben Cleveland is an outsider: He recently told the Ravens official site that he likes to spend time in the woods for as long as he can remember, when he grew up in a small town in rural 8,000 Was. Tocoa, Ga.

Being an outsider and hunter has a definite diet, which usually includes deer, fish and, well, something else that most Americans probably don’t put on their menus: squirrels.

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On Friday, the first day of the Ravens rookie mini-camp, Cleveland discussed eating squirrels and how it fits into their diet.

This is one of those things, I don’t know if it was a specific diet, it’s one of those things, where you eat the thing that you found in the freezer. I had some squirrels that were frozen there. Get a little hungry, deer meat is not left, roast you one or two squirrels, and just eat it.

And that a specialist To fry fry-tailed critters.

“Very difficult animal to cook,” Cleveland, said via Ravens.com. “They’ve actually found fine hair on them, so it’s really hard to get all the hair when you skin them. It’s very difficult to detect.”

When he was 8 years old, Cleveland said he used to play hooky from school, eventually catching squirrels, roasting them and heating some frozen biscuits for himself, so he has gained experience in the field.

“Some squirrels in South Georgia, they will taste a bit more nutty,” Cleveland said. “Up here, our oak and stuff is not really as strong as in the south. Most of them up here, it just tastes like a squirrel. If you add enough spice to it, you can make it to any of your choice. Can also taste cheese. “

The 6-6, 357-pound lineman certainly lives up to his nickname “Big Country” and seems to have had enough luck with Baltimore to play the offensive line for one of the worst units in the league.

To be fair, the diet based on squirrels seems a bit… crazy.

Excuse me. He was a corn-y joke.

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