As training camp begins today, there is one small question that could come up from time to time. Has 2011 been forgotten?
Coach John Harbaugh said during the spring that it certainly is off peoples minds. But its the kind of thing in sports that can be tough to forget about right away.
The Ravens goal every year is to get to and win the Super Bowl. They came so close to the Super Bowl last year that its easy to still wonder about some things.
What would have happened if Lee Evans held on to that ball in the end zone? What would have happened if Billy Cundiff had made that kick?
An Evans catch would have probably put the Ravens into the Super Bowl. But with all of the heat Cundiffs taken for that miss, some seem to have forgotten the kick would have only tied the game and forced overtime with no guarantees there of anything.
A lot of things finally seemed to break right for the Ravens late last season. They won the AFC North and got a first-round bye and then a home playoff game, which they won over Houston despite some struggles. But then came the tough New England loss.
Now, the beginning of training camp is here and its a new season. This is the attitude theyd need to have even if they got to the Super Bowl and won it. They know this; every pro athlete does.
The worst way for a season to end is with a crushing loss, and thats what the Ravens had to deal with and remember throughout an off-season filled with changes. But the best way to wipe out a nightmare is with to do something that will make you forget it. Now, the Ravens will have that chance.
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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