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Harbaugh: Ravens' season was 'one of the most rewarding'


Harbaugh: Ravens' season was 'one of the most rewarding'

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said despite the Ravens’ down year, it’s been one of the most rewarding seasons he’s ever had.

Harbaugh said that if he knew the Ravens would sustain the injuries they have before the year started, he wouldn’t have looked forward to the year. But now that it’s all over, Harbaugh said he’s reflected on the values the tough season has taught his team.

“This is one of the most rewarding seasons I’ve ever had,” Harbaugh said. “Maybe people on the outside will have a hard time understanding that, but if you’ve ever been a part of a team you’ll understand that.”

He added that the season has built the Ravens’ character, and has given all the players stories they will tell their children about even though the team’s win-loss column wasn’t what they wanted it to be.

“It’s easy to talk to your kids about the Super Bowl, or the playoff wins, or the big plays you make,” he said. “But there’s a point in time when your kids are going to come to you when they’re going through a rough time and things aren’t going well for them, and you’re going to be able to relate it back to your career and say let me tell you about 2015.”

Watch Harbaugh’s full remarks in the video above.

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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.