None shall pass is the oath that junior cornerback Ramon Broadway pledges every time he charges the field. Playing football is his passion and his love for the game and teammates are what drive his mission to win. “I live for this,” Broadway said. “Every time I go out onto the battlefield, I suit up like it is my last, ready for war.”
Broadway, a 5’9” junior from Shreveport, La., is loaded with athleticism, mobility, agility, and punishing speed. He shows good instincts, ball skills and the willingness to tackle in run support. Broadway was heavily recruited by a number of schools including Michigan, Northwestern, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, and Louisiana-Monroe but the Razorback culture and team camaraderie called him home. “I look around to my teammates and see the look in their eyes and I know I am where I am supposed to be,” Broadway said. “Every game we prepare for war. It doesn’t matter who we face. We are going to come out and make big plays. Lose, win or draw, I love going to battle with these guys. They always have my back.”
Broadway is no stranger to crucial plays at big moments. Growing up in Shreveport and attending Evangel Christian Academy, Broadway became legendary for his ferocious hitting style, quick feet and a motor that doesn’t stop. He was a four-year starter and was named as one of the state’s top prospects by the Time-Picayune in New Orleans. As a senior, he totaled seven kick-off returns for touchdowns, including a 75-yard touchdown and an interception for 64 yards and a score. He also returned three kickoffs for 70 yards and had 28 tackles, including three tackles for loss, and an interception. Dandy Don’s Top Prospects ranked Broadway as the No. 48 overall prospect out of Louisiana. To prelude his debut in the Cardinal and White, Broadway joined teammates Ben Cleveland and London Crawford in the Max Emfinger All-Star Game in Shreveport, La.
In 2007, Broadway made his debut as a Razorback and joined the force on special teams. He boasted 19 tackles and ranked second on the team behind linebacker Freddy Burton’s 21 stops. Against North Texas, Broadway made two tackles, one solo and one assist, and had his first career PBU in the Hogs’ 66-7 win. He demonstrated his versatility as a sophomore, playing in all 12 games and starting six for the Razorbacks.
In his first season as cornerback, Broadway established himself as a great talent with 52 tackles, six tackles causing loss of yards, ten pass break ups, one forced fumble and two interceptions. He climbed the defensive leader board to the number two spot with his 52 tackles and ranked seventh among the squad. His six tackles for a loss of yards ranked third among the Razorbacks and his two interceptions tied him with team leader Freddy Burton with most of the team. Broadway had break out performances against Ole Miss with a record season-high 11 tackles and eight tackles against Tulsa. He left the Wildcats licking their wounds with seven tackles and his second interception of the year at Kentucky. “I am a student of the game and the coaching staff has given me more confidence to help me advance my level of play,” Broadway said. “I have been in the system for two years now under Coach Robinson and he has given me the experience and knowledge I need to have a great year.”
The junior looks forward improving his own game and leading the Razorback defense in 2009. The Arkansas cornerback continues to terrorize receivers and show his exceptional ability to shutdown plays. Broadway is a team leader and loyal teammate. The Arkansas defense has a new attitude that the team needs to win games and prevent points scored against them. “I go out and play for these guys,” Broadway said. “We go out there together ready to punish somebody. We wear the sledgehammers to remind us that we are the hammers on the field pounding again and again at the nail.” Broadway is a major strength for Arkansas’ defense and he elevates the pass defense with his prolific attack and ability to add pressure to the receivers. He continues to grow as a player after every game. The combination of his dedication and natural ability forecasts that there will be more phenomenal feats to come. Broadway continues to grow as a player after every game and all are anticipating his breakout performance.
“I want the world to know we are the best team despite what people say,” Broadway said. “I am a Razorback and I’m ready to play ball.”Arkansas fans buckle down and grab your popcorn because the Ramon Broadway defensive production has come to town.