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Ravens O-line's Iowa connection

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Ravens O-line's Iowa connection

Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State. Marshal Yanda, Iowa. Now, maybe theyll have a little bet going for Sept. 8s game between the Cyclones and Hawkeyes, but since theyre both Ravens and both offensive linemen, the veteran Yanda has been helping school the rookie Osemele.

It has been invaluable, the experience he brings to the table, Osemele told the Des Moines Register. It is remarkable because he was in the same position six years ago. He has been there and done that. He is a successful guy, and he knows how to play the right way.

Yanda, a Pro Bowl guard, said hes liked what hes seen of Osemele, who has spent time as the first-team right tackle.

He definitely has the necessary tools to play in this league, Yanda said. I think he works hard. He gets it.

Osemele said he has had to work hard, even harder than he imagined when it comes to off-the-field preparation.

The playbook is definitely more complicated than I thought it would be, he said. There is a lot more meeting time because of that. It is a lot more preparation than I thought it would be.

And theres one more thing that has been unexpected fans so rabid that they know Osemele when hes out in public.

An offensive lineman to be recognized out in public, Osemele said, that has been pretty surprising to me. Also, the passion around the community and how people rally around the Ravens. It is a pretty good fan base.

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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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