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Ravens' Dumervil added to Pro Bowl for fifth time in career

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Ravens' Dumervil added to Pro Bowl for fifth time in career

Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil has been added to the Pro Bowl roster, the NFL announced Monday. Three other Pro Bowl linebackers will be going to the Super Bowl instead – Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware of the Broncos, and Thomas Davis of the Panthers. That created room for Dumervil to participate in the Pro Bowl for the second straight season, and for the fifth time in his career.

“Whenever you are recognized by your peers, it is an honor,” Dumervil said in a statement. “To be able to play with the best the NFL has to offer is a blessing. I wouldn’t be here without my teammates and I want to thank them, my coaches, the Ravens organization and all of our great fans around the country. I hope to represent you well. I am humbled.”

Dumervil had a team-high six sacks, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries, despite receiving frequent double-team attention after teammate Terrell Suggs was lost for the season in Week 1. With 96 career sacks, Dumervil ranks seventh among active players, and he set a Ravens’ record with 17 sacks in 2014.

Dumervil will join three other Ravens in the Pro Bowl – guard Marshal Yanda, punter Sam Koch, and long snapper Morgan Cox.

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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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