Fans of the Cleveland Browns probably will take this the wrong way from Ravens coach John Harbaugh, but he believes they also should pay homage to Art Modell.
Modell, 87, died of natural causes on Thursday and has been the target of outrage after he took his franchise from Cleveland and relocated it to Baltimore in 1996. He'd had the franchise in Cleveland since 1961.
The NFL will honor Modell's memory and contributions on opening weekend, beginning Sunday.
"It's something that we all in Baltimore should be proud of, and I would also say everybody in Cleveland should be proud of that as well," Harbaugh, an Ohio native, said of the league-wide tribute. "I think most people, most Browns fans, speaking as a former Browns fan (myself), probably will hear something about this but that's OK. ...
"I think everybody feels that way. I hope."
The Browns, who host the Philadelphia Eagles, will not have a tribute at the request of the family, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, because Modell still is a controversial figure there.
The "Dawg Pound," a section of enthusiastic fans mostly dressed as canines, would be least likely to understand.
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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