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Lewis calls on Flacco to be a leader in fiery pregame speech

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Lewis calls on Flacco to be a leader in fiery pregame speech

BY ERIC GARLAND, CSNmidatlantic.com

After starting the year 1-6, the Baltimore Ravens needed a lift. And before they took the field Sunday, they received a pep talk from maybe the only guy in Baltimore who could provide that necessary spark: Ray Lewis.

In a video posted to his official Facebook account, Lewis called on Joe Flacco to be a leader to his team and asked the Ravens to rally around him.

“You still have a leader in Joe Flacco, you got to rally around him and get behind him,” Lewis passionately said. “It’s not about wins and losses, it’s about loyalty. It’s about understanding, ‘I’m going to make the play’ or ‘I’m going to watch the play be made.’”

The Ravens legend then said that the team’s 1-6 record isn’t a true definition of Ravens football.

“1-6 doesn’t define who you are, what defines who you are is what you do when you’re 1-6,” he said. “Give everything you got today not because of the scoreboard, but because when this game ends, you have a brother to call for life knowing you gave everything you had.”

He concluded his speech by turning directly to Joe Flacco and calling on him to be a leader to his team.

“Joe Flacco lead your team, it’s your fight, it’s our fight,” he said. “Let’s see if somebody can deal with really who we are.”

Watch Lewis’ passionate remarks in the full video below.

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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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