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Favre returns to Super Bowl for NFL Network

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Favre returns to Super Bowl for NFL Network

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Brett Favre is returning to the NFL - to work for the NFL Network.

The retired three-time NFL MVP quarterback will join the network's crew for daylong coverage of Sunday's league championship game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

Favre hasn't been heard from much since retiring after the 2010 season. He returns to the city where he led the Green Bay Packers to a 35-21 win over New England in the 1997 Super Bowl.

``I don't miss the grind and stress of day-to-day football, but I do miss my teammates and coaches,'' Favre said in an email to The Associated Press.

He chose to appear on ``NFL GameDay Morning'' because he could work with friends such as Steve Mariucci, Deion Sanders and Warren Sapp, and because the game is in New Orleans.

``Players and coaches who I have great memories of, and to do it from the field where I won a Super Bowl was a tough combination to pass up,'' Favre said. ``Between my appearance on NFL Network and my work with Virtual Fan Network, a new digital sports marketing company, it will be great to reconnect with NFL fans around the Super Bowl.''

Favre will join host Rich Eisen and several Super Bowl-winning players, including Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner and Sanders.

``There aren't too many retired athletes who continue to attract the attention and draw that Brett Favre does, and NFL Network is thrilled to have him,'' said Eric Weinberger, executive producer of NFL Network. ``Brett should give our viewers some unique insight and analysis into the game and his life away from the field.''

Favre left the NFL in 2010 after two aborted retirements. He starred for the Packers from 1992-2007, leading them to two Super Bowls. He played the 2008 season with the Jets, then was with Minnesota in 2009-10 - losing the `09 NFC title game at the Superdome to the Saints.

He spent much of 2012 playing fantasy football, finishing next to last in his league.

Asked if more announcing is ahead, Favre wasn't sure.

``I don't see it anytime soon but that interest may change in the future,'' he said. ``I think being involved in the Super Bowl was too much to pass up.''

Favre wasn't about to pick the Niners or Ravens to win. His work with San Francisco-based Virtual Fan Network has allowed him to see the 49ers more closely.

``I think both teams are good and very deserving of being in the Super Bowl,'' Favre said. ``Both are very well coached and have great story lines. ``I have probably followed the 49ers more closely, and the way Colin is playing makes me think they have the advantage.

``But I am not going to make a prediction.''

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Baltimore Ravens select QB Lamar Jackson with the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

Baltimore Ravens select QB Lamar Jackson with the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

Ozzie Newsome is closing out his last NFL Draft as the general manager of the Ravens with a bang.

After trading down twice from the 16th spot to draft TE Hayden Hurst with the 25th overall pick, the Eagles traded their 32nd overall pick to the Ravens where they selected QB Lamar Jackson. In return, the Eagles will receive the Ravens' 2018 2nd-round and 4th-round picks in addition to their 2019 2nd-round pick. 

The former Heisman Trophy winner has proven success in the air and on the ground. While at Louisville, Jackson had 9,043 passing yards and 69 touchdowns. He also rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns.  

The first-round selection shows the Ravens are planning for the post-Flacco era.

Standing at 6' 2",  Jackson's build isn't up to typical NFL QB standards and scouts were concerned with his accuracy. What he does have in his favor is speed. His NFL comparison is to that of Michael Vick. 

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Baltimore Ravens select Hayden Hurst with the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

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Baltimore Ravens select Hayden Hurst with the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

The pick is in! 

With the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Ravens have selected tight end Hayden Hurst.

Hurst, an ex-minor league baseball pitcher, walked on at South Carolina at 21-years old and finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns. 

Standing at 6' 5", Hurst ran a 4.67 40 yard dash, recorded a 31.5 vertical jump and a 7.19 three cone drill at the combine. 

"His fearless play demeanor combined with size, strength and athleticism make him a well-rounded prospect with the versatility to line up all over the field. He's sure-handed and could become a young quarterback's safety blanket if he improves elements of his route running. He should see early snaps and has the ability to become a good combination tight end." according to his draft profile

While Hurst is starting his career at 25-years old, he will provide tight end support that the Ravens have yet to address in free agency. It also doesn't hurt that QB Joe Flacco has a tendency to favor his tight ends.

Welcome to Ravens Nation, Hurst.