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Jim Brown big fan of Richardson

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Jim Brown big fan of Richardson

Not only has Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson caught Ravens coach John Harbaugh’s attention heading into Sunday’s game, but the rookie also has changed an early critic into a fan. And we’re not talking just any critic/fan, but none other than Hall of Famer Jim Brown.

Brown had sounded totally unimpressed with Richardson, saying he wasn’t worthy of the lofty first-round draft slot Cleveland used on him — No. 3 — and calling him “ordinary.” However, after Sunday’s 7-6 Browns victory, in which Richardson ran for 122 yards, Brown greeted Richardson at his locker and heaped praise upon him.

“He's showing everybody he can run the ball, he can break tackles," Brown said, as reported by The Plain Dealer. "And he can break tackles in the National Football League; that's what he did today. That touchdown had about three or four tackles that he broke. Those quick movements, the body strength, the low center of gravity — it's all there. He demonstrated that today."

Brown said he was particularly impressed by how Richardson performed with a rib-cage injury.

"He performed today under circumstances when he didn't have to go out there. And that's hard to do," Brown said. “ … He's willing to make sacrifices because really, he's hurt more than you think he is right now."  

Richardson never shot back when Brown was critical of him in the preseason. That’s something else Brown took note of.

"He's done everything I thought he should do. He never took anything I said the wrong way.”

Now it’s up to the Ravens to make sure Richardson doesn’t have another Sunday worthy of Brown’s hosannas.

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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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