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Jones won't tone down act in Pittsburgh


Jones won't tone down act in Pittsburgh

Just because the Ravens will be in hostile territory Sunday, don’t think for one moment that Jacoby Jones isn’t prepared.

Acquired as a free agent for his big-play ability, Jones has delivered in Baltimore. He has two kickoff returns for touchdowns, going 108 yards in a 31-29 win against the Dallas Cowboys and 105 yards last week in a 55-20 rout of the Oakland Raiders.

"I got a dance for every week," he said. "Trust me."

So much for all the talk about smash-mouth football in what's expected to be 36-degree temperatures on NBC during prime time.

That only raises the stakes for Jones to make big plays, but to put his signature on the game the way he has already done several times this season for the Ravens.

In the Cowboys game, Jones did a version of Deion Sanders’ celebratory high step after crossing into the end zone.

Jones caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco to give the Ravens a 14-7 lead at the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2. Then, he did a creative jig that defies description.

Jones’ family sat in the same end zone where he celebrated against the Raiders. They danced along with him.

"My mom, my uncle, my two cousins, they all (were) in a whole other world," Jones said. "My cousin actually predicted it. … As I was running I was like, ‘That sucker called it.’"

Steelers fans at Heinz Field wouldn't appreciate Jones’ antics, but that won’t dissuade him from giving them a taste.

"So," he said. "They’ll just have to deal with it."

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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.