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Dumervil shoots for big career milestone next season


Dumervil shoots for big career milestone next season

Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil should hit a career milestone next season – 100 career sacks.

Dumervil will enter 2015 with 90 sacks, after equaling his career high with 17 in 2014. Watching the 31-year-old Dumervil play as well as he did last season gives the Ravens hope that he’ll continue to be one of the NFL’s elite pass rushers for a few more years.

Expecting Dumervil to get at least 10 sacks next season seems right. He has averaged 11.2 sacks during his eight-year career, and playing opposite Terrell Suggs makes it more difficult for opponents to double-team Dumervil.

Suggs surpassed 100 career sacks last season and now has 106 ½.  Among active players, only a few players rank higher on the all-time sack list than Suggs and Dumervil. Here are the career sack leaders among active players:

- Jared Allen, Bears, 134 sacks

- John Abraham, free agent, 133 ½

- DeMarcus Ware, Broncos, 127

- Julius Peppers, Packers, 125 1/2

- Dwight Freeney, free agent, 111 ½

- Robert Mathis, Colts, 111

- Terrell Suggs, Ravens, 106 ½

- Mario Williams, Bills 91

-  Elvis Dumervil, Ravens 90

It will be interesting to see whether Suggs or Dumervil finish with more career sacks. However, Dumervil will be expecting to join Suggs in the 100-sack club next season.

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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.


“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.