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Ravens are launching a team specific emoji keyboard, and it's awesome

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Ravens are launching a team specific emoji keyboard, and it's awesome

BY PETER HAILEY

If you're a Ravens fan and have ever thought to yourself while watching your team play on Sunday, "Man, I'm tired of using the same old emojis. I wish there were specific ones I could text or tweet with that really showed my passion for Baltimore football," today is your day. 

That's because the Ravens have officially launched "a customized, Ravens-branded emoji keyboard" that fans can use on any iOS or Android device, according to a press release the team sent out Thursday. In doing so, they become "one of the first teams in the NFL to make customized emoji available to its fan base."

"Emoji keyboards are the equivalent of digital swag that diehard fans can carry with them wherever they go and represent the team they love," said Evan Wray, who is the co-founder and vice president of Swyft Media, the group that teamed up with the Ravens to make the keyboard happen.

Here is a photo of some of the emojis that Ravens fans can now send to their friends, family, or that guy down the street who likes the Steelers whenever they want:

 

As you can see, they're pretty awesome. Some of the notable ones that stand out: the four Ravens jerseys that immortalize Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs and Joe Flacco in emoji form forever, the roman numerals that correspond with the team's two Super Bowl titles, the always beautiful Maryland flag, and a referee giving the "It's good!" signal after what must have surely been a Justin Tucker field goal.

Luckily for supporters of the purple and black, getting the keyboard onto your phone is very easy. All you have to do is click here, and then download it from whichever App Store suits your device. Once you do that, you're all set to clog up everyone's inboxes and Twitter timelines with a never-ending stream of Ravens "digital swag." You absolutely have our permission to do so.

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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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