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Once drafted by Orioles, Seahawks' Wilson now faces Ravens

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Once drafted by Orioles, Seahawks' Wilson now faces Ravens

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has never faced the Ravens before, and the Richmond, Virginia native is looking forward to this weekend’s East coast trip. Both a football and baseball star in high school and college, Wilson was drafted by the Orioles in the 41st round of the 2007draft. He thought about signing with the Orioles, but opted to attend college at North Carolina St., before eventually transferring to Wisconsin.

“Definitely a consideration,” Wilson said of signing with the Orioles, during a Wednesday conference call. “I had gotten calls in the first and second and third round, and the Orioles wanted to take me then. I contemplated it or whatever, and I just told them I wanted to play two sports. So that was kind of my decision to go play at N. C. State, and obviously growing up near Baltimore, I’ve got a lot of family there in the Maryland area and D. C. as well.”

Over the last three weeks, Wilson has been the NFL’s most efficient quarterback.  Check out his numbers during Seattle’s current three-game winning streak – 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions, with quarterback ratings of 138.5, 147.9, and 146.0 respectively.

Trying to contain Wilson will be priority No. 1 for the Ravens on Sunday when they host the Seahawks (1 p.m.) at M&T Bank Stadium. It won’t be easy.

“They build their offense around his talent,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “He has a heck of an arm. Obviously, he can read things out. He throws on time. He’s an accurate passer, and then he can extend plays.

“He has 450 yards rushing. That’s pretty amazing. It starts with him – it revolves around him – and they have some other really good players.”

The Ravens’ quarterback situation is in flux, with Joe Flacco (knee injury) out for the season, Matt Schaub (chest) still sore from Sunday’s game, and Jimmy Clausen trying to master the offense this week in case he has to play.

However, Wilson has never looked better. And for the Ravens, that could be a huge problem.

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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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