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Meeting Obama takes Forsett to new heights


Meeting Obama takes Forsett to new heights

Justin Forsett and teammate Steve Smith Sr. have often engaged in good-natured ribbing about Forsett's height.

But Forsett has a pretty good ally in his corner these days -- the president of the United States.

Forsett documents on his personal Web site how he met President Obama in Baltimore last week, and Obama gave him "a presidential two inches."

Forsett wrote that he half-heartedly mentioned to a friend who "seems to know everybody" that he wanted to meet President Obama. Laugh, laugh, chuckle, chuckle, or so Forsett thought. Well, his friend calls someone, who calls someone who happens to work for the president, and next thing you know, Forsett and his wife are being invited to the big Democratic pow-wow that Obama attended at the Hyatt in downtown Baltimore last week.

Forsett said when he finally met Obama, he told the president that he is working hard to rehab his broken arm so that he can get in on Obama's famous pickup basketball games at the White House.

"So he says, ‘No, I couldn’t handle you on that court, man," Forsett related. " 'You look like one of those explosive 5’10” guys who’ll dunk on you. I don’t want any part of that embarrassment!’ He had the whole room laughing."

"My takeaway from the exchange?! The President just gave me two inches! I’m 5’8”, but if the President says I’m 5’10”, then I’m 5’10” from now on," Forsett writes. "I’m going to have to put that in my bio. I was given a presidential two inches. This might be the most important part of the whole story LOL. "

Forsett writes that,  "I have one word to describe the President: swag. He was looking a little tired, but that man has swag! I was kicking myself a bit because I meant to tell him about the work a bunch of us NFL guys are doing in Flint. I guess I’ll have to call him on his cellphone – since we’re pretty much besties – and let him know all about it. Yeah right, I wish LOL!"

"I’m not normally a political guy," Forsett added, "but I do respect President Obama tremendously as an African-American who has broken barriers and done a lot for our country."

Forsett said meeting Obama was "definitely a highlight of our lives … and he gave me two presidential inches!"

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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.