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Ravens hope to spoil Vick's latest fresh start


Ravens hope to spoil Vick's latest fresh start

Michael Vick is getting another fresh start, but the Ravens hope to spoil it.

Two months ago, Vick was a free agent, hoping his phone would ring. Thursday night on national TV, Vick will start at quarterback for the Steelers, facing the Ravens in the next chapter of one of the NFL’s greatest rivalries.

Ben Roethlisberger’s knee injury has put Vick back where he has often been – in the spotlight. Like him or not, it is hard to deny Vick is resilient. Now at age 35, he wants to savor his latest opportunity to prove he can still be an effective NFL quarterback.

“This is a great opportunity for me because I don’t know if I’m going to have this opportunity again,” Vick told reporters Tuesday. “Just a month ago I wasn’t signed with a team. Now I feel like I have a chance to go out and play freely and go out and enjoy the game, enjoy this moment, enjoy being out there with my teammates.”

Nobody can be certain how Vick will perform, making his first start for the Steelers after a short week of practice. But the Ravens’ defense has been struggling, allowing big plays in the passing game. Vick has play-making receivers in Antonio Brown, Darius Heyward-Bey, and Markus Wheaton, plus one of the league’s best running backs in Le’Veon Bell.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh expects stopping Vick and the Steelers to be a challenge.

“We’re working hard on what he brings to the table as a player and athlete. He’s really good at certain, specific things. And it’s interesting, a lot of those things compare favorably with what Ben Roethlisberger does. He’s dangerous in the pocket, he’s dangerous out of the pocket – just like Ben is.”

The Steelers (2-1) hope Vick helps them win until Roethlisberger returns. The Ravens (0-3) need a win against anyone.

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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.


“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.