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Four Ravens defenders top Pro Bowl voting


Four Ravens defenders top Pro Bowl voting

No Ravens are among the top vote-getters in overall Pro Bowl balloting, but the NFL’s 24th-ranked defense has four of the top players by position in the AFC.

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (219,581), cornerback Cary Williams (141,660), free safety Ed Reed (84,017) and strong safety Bernard Pollard (57,875) highlight a list that includes Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and linebacker Jerod Mayo of the New England Patriots.

On the offensive side for the Ravens, Vonta Leach (127,610) leads among fullbacks and Jacoby Jones (80,278) tops kick returners. Jones has two returns for touchdowns on kickoffs and one on a punt.

Williams is starting fort the first time in his fifth season and has become the Ravens' No. 1 corner after Lardarius Webb went down with a season-ending knee injury last month.

Voting includes fans, players and coaches counting one-third each to selecting the 43-man rosters for each conference. It ends Dec. 17 for fans and Dec. 20-21 for players and coaches. The teams will be announced Dec. 26 on NFL Network.

The Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 27 from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu (NBC, 7 p.m. ET).

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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.