Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox was named to the 2016 Pro Bowl team, the NFL announced Tuesday. It was the first Pro Bowl selection for Cox, who will join guard Marshal Yanda and punter Sam Koch as Ravens’ representatives in this year’s game. Chiefs coach Andy Reid selected Cox as a “need” player. Each coach is allowed to select one long snapper for the game if needed.
Cox, Koch, and kicker Justin Tucker comprise what is widely considered the best punter-kicker-long-snapper trio in the NFL. Cox has spent all six of his NFL seasons with the Ravens, after being signed as an undrafted free agent from Tennessee in 2010.
“I’m humbled by the honor of being selected as a Pro Bowl snapper,” Cox said in part in a statement. “Since I began with the Ravens six years ago, there are five people who have most helped me improve as a player and as a professional. My coaches, John Harbaugh, Jerry Rosburg, and Randy Brown, have pushed me to sharpen every aspect of my game. My teammates, Sam Koch and Justin Tucker, have set a standard of excellence that I strive to uphold each day. They, along with so many other outstanding coaches and teammates, have helped make this possible.
“I’m especially proud to be a part of the most elite special teams unit in the NFL. A special “thank you” goes out to our fans for all of their love and support. Ravens fans are the best in the world.”
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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.”
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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