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Beware of 'The Turk'

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Beware of 'The Turk'

Beware of 'TheTurk.'Across NFL lockerrooms, cafeterias and weight rooms today, 'The Turk' is lurking. The Turk isthe nickname given to the staff member -- usually someone from the personneldepartment -- who tells players they are to go visit with the head coach andgeneral manager.
The Turk has amessage that, in so many words, goes like this: "Coach wants to see you.Bring your playbook."That can onlymean one thing: You are being cut.
"Down in thecafeteria and I see the Turks lurking," the Ravens official site tweetedFriday morning. "Kenny Sanders from the scouting dept. sends players tosee HarbsOzzie. Not a fun job."An anonymous NFL personnel executive summed up how difficult the jobof the Turk is:
"One of mysaddest experiences was when we had two young backs in camp who had reallyworked hard. Each one knew only one was going to make it. They sat next to eachother in the locker room. So, I have to go down and get the one we are cutting.I walk in and both are looking at me. Who's going to the gallows and who'sgoing to the castle? I tell him. The other kid works hard to control himself.The kid that walks with me is devastated. That is a tough one when they areside-by-side like that."It's the Turkthat essentially taps the player on the shoulder, but with the Ravens, Harbaugh is the one that meets with them. And it's one of the more difficult aspects ofthe job.
"Sittingdown with those guys face-to-face is very challenging, because you develop a relationshipwith them, and you really care about them and they care about the program andeverything," Harbaugh said after practice last week.
"Everybody dealswith it differently. Some guys are mad, some guys are sad. Its all different;every single guy faces it in a different way. They are all good guys, and thatprobably makes it that much tougher."

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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