Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Nakamura honored for his Japanese relief efforts



OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens safety Haruki Nakamura was honored by the American Red Cross and a Japan ambassador for his fundraising work to aid Japanese disaster relief.

Nakamura helped raise over $60,000 by organizing an autograph session at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen for himself and several teammates. That included quarterback Joe Flacco, running back Ray Rice, cornerback Chris Carr, safety Ed Reed, defensive tackle Brandon McKinney and retired wide receiver Qadry Ismail.

Nakamura was presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the American Red Cross Board as well as the Ambassador's Seal from Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki.

And Nakamura presented the Ambassador with his jersey.

"If it wasn't for the generous hearts of the Baltimore Ravens fans, I wouldn't be here today," Nakamura said when asked how it felt to be recognized.