Is Michael Vick about to join the Ravens’ No. 1 rival? According to multiple reports, Vick was in Pittsburgh on Tuesday to meet with the Steelers, who have been looking for a backup quarterback since Bruce Gradkowski dislocated his finger.
Vick and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin have a bond, having both grown up in the Newport News, Va. area. Having Vick on the roster might make Tomlin and the Steelers more comfortable in the event of an injury to starter Ben Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger hasn’t missed a game the past two seasons. However his playing style is conducive to taking big hits, due to his willingness to hold the football while adlibbing to make plays. He missed three games in 2012, and four games in 2012.
While NFL teams no longer view Vick as a starter at age 35, backing up Roethlisberger sounds like a nice fit for Vick at this stage. He would be playing for a contender, without a quarterback controversy. Roethlisberger is the man in Pittsburgh, and via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, he endorses adding Vick.
“Anything that can help this team – if that is Michael Vick, then so be it,” Roethlisberger told triblive.com. “I don’t really know him. He is a great football player.
“This is a locker room and this is about football, and that is what matters most to me.”
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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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