Dannelle Ellerbe had plenty of success playing linebacker for the Ravens. Playing for the Dolphins? Not so much.
After two disappointing seasons with Miami, Ellerbe is looking for a career rebirth after being traded to the Saints this offseason. Judging from his comments, Ellerbe thinks playing with the Saints will remind him of playing in Baltimore.
“It’s guys that want to win,” Ellerbe told the Richmond County (N. C.) Daily Journal. “I can honestly say it’s a place that knows how to win. I’m glad I’m getting back to a place with a great fan base and sold-out games.”
Those comments read like a slap in the face to the Dolphins, who missed the playoffs both seasons Ellerbe was there. Ellerbe later apologized for his remarks.
“I want to apologize for how the article reads, I was just trying to explain my excitement for playing back in the Dome,” Ellerbe wrote on Twitter, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I had fun in Miami and had some awesome fans on my side.”
Regardless of what Ellerbe says about Miami, he must prove that at age 29, he is still an effective player. In 2012, Ellerbe was a playmaking linebacker on the Ravens’ team that won the Super Bowl, intercepting Tom Brady in the AFC championship game. Ellerbe cashed in by signing a five-year, $35 million deal with the Dolphins that he never lived up to. He spent almost all of last season on injured reserve, and it was a forgone conclusion that his days in Miami were over.
The Ravens are still strong at inside linebacker featuring C. J. Mosley, who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, and solid veteran Daryl Smith. Right now, Ellerbe looks like a player the Ravens let go at the right time.
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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.”
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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