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Has Ravens WR Smith Sr. already secured spot in Hall of Fame?

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Has Ravens WR Smith Sr. already secured spot in Hall of Fame?

What will the future debate about Steve Smith Sr.'s Hall of Fame credentials be like?

One day, Smith will be in the same position that wide receivers Terrell Owens and Marvin Harrison are in this week – waiting to hear if they will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Smith is already Hall of Fame worthy in my opinion, and his decision to play another season with the Ravens will only strengthen his case. However, the debate about what makes a Hall of Fame receiver is interesting. Former Rams coach Mike Martz is upset that former Rams receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt are not Hall of Fame finalists this year, while Owens is. The next Hall of Fame class will be announced Saturday, the day before Super Bowl 50.

“You can’t print how I felt when T. O. leapfrogged those two,” Martz told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “That’s just plain out-and-out ridiculous.

“If they big-timed it and did all that dumb stuff, they’d get in probably earlier. I think they’ll eventually get in. I don’t think that’s an issue, but it’s tragic that people think of them like that. If Marvin Harrison gets in, how could they not get in?”

When you look at wide receivers, you have to look beyond numbers, and that’s why Smith passes the Hall of Fame eye test for me. He’s unique. He has been a game-breaker due to his ability to run after the catch, and to run any route. He has been a superb possession receiver due to his hands, body control, leaping ability, and toughness. His career has stood the test of time, and he has been consistent, with eight 1000-yard seasons.

Smith has done all of this at just 5-foot-9, playing for many years in a Panthers offense that was run-first oriented. By the end of next season, Smith should rank in the top 10 all-time in receiving yards, and he should have over 1,000 career catches.

The Hall of Fame competition at wide receiver is only going to get more crowded, with Reggie Wayne retiring recently, and Smith, Andre Johnson, and Larry Fitzgerald all beyond 30 years old. But for 15 years, it has been difficult for cornerbacks to defend Smith. It should be difficult to keep Smith out of the Hall of Fame as well.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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