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Pollard hails Herm Edwards for Chiefs' talent

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Pollard hails Herm Edwards for Chiefs' talent

When looking at the talent on the Kansas City Chiefs such as Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe, Ravens safety Bernard Pollard points to a key figure who is no longer there for that success.

Herm Edwards.

As Pollard, who played for the Chiefs from 2006-08 under his former head coach, analyzed the quality of that roster he couldn't help but credit Edwards. Edwards, now an NFL analyst for ESPN, was coach during the same span that Pollard was there.

Bowe was drafted in 2007 in the first round and was the third overall receiver chosen.

Charles was taken in the third round the following year behind the likes of Ray Rice (Ravens), Kevin Smith (Lions), Felix Jones (Cowboys), Jonathan Stewart (Panthers), Matt Forte (Bears), Chris Johnson (Titans) and Rashard Mendenhall (Steelers).

"That's what Herm wanted," Pollard said. "When you look back at a lot of players they have, Herm drafted a lot of those men that are key athletes on that team."

Charles is second in the NFL in rushing with 415 yards. He's averaging 5.8 yards per carry with two touchdowns. He gained 233 yards against the New Orleans Saints in a 27-24 comeback win in overtime for the Chiefs.

Charles also leads the league in yards from scrimmage with 512 just ahead of Rice at 491.

Preventing him from reversing field for big runs concerns the Ravens.

"We just got to hit him, tackle him. We can't allow him the big runs," Pollard said. "Jamaal is another freak athlete.

"He's going to hit his hole, one cut and he gone. We all know his sprinting background. We know he can run. We got to hit that. We got to hit him. It's going to be fun being able to see him."

Just not if Pollard has to chase him from behind.

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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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