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Ravens guard fulfills longtime dream, buys home for mom

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Ravens guard fulfills longtime dream, buys home for mom

Ravens guard Kelechi Osemele did something this offseason he had long dreamed about. Osemele tweeted Wednesday that he had bought his mother a house, fulfilling a promise he made to her. Osemele tweeted a picture of the house and has been receiving congratulatory comments on Twitter.

According to a 2012 article in the Baltimore Sun, Osemele’s mother Imelde Osemele worked double shifts as a nurse during his childhood to support four children. Since the Ravens made Osemele a second-round pick in 2012, he has developed into one of the most consistent guards in the NFL, earning respect as one of the team’s toughest and hardest-working players.

The 2015 season will be a key one for Osemele. Both he and Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda are entering the final year of their contract, and it will be difficult for the Ravens to re-sign both. Osemele will turn 26 years old on June 24, and is entering the prime years of his career. Osemele will command a hefty raise over the four-year, $3.34 million contract he signed as a rookie.

Whenever Osemele’s mother watches games on television this season, she can do it from the new home her son purchased.

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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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