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Ravens rookie Walker determined to make late father proud


Ravens rookie Walker determined to make late father proud

OWINGS MILLS - Being drafted in the fourth round (No. 136) by the Ravens was one of the happiest moments of Tray Walker’s life. It validated Walker’s belief that as a cornerback coming from a small school (Texas Southern), he was talented enough to play football at the highest level.

Unfortunately, Walker’s father was not able to share draft day with his son. Tommy Lee Walker Sr. died at age 53 of a heart attack in November.

Walker is still coping with losing his father. But Walker has arrived at rookie minicamp this weekend determined to make his father proud, and focused on making an impact with the Ravens as a rookie.

“This whole coming season, the whole process right now, I dedicate that to him,” Walker said of his father. “That’s all he wanted. He just wanted the best for me, prayed to God I get this chance. Now I’m here.”

Walker is the first player from Texas Southern to be drafted since 2000, when the Packers drafted wide receiver Joey Jamison in the fifth round. However, Walker comes from a high school powerhouse, Northwestern High in Miami. That same school produced wide receiver Amari Cooper, drafted in the first round by the Raiders, as well as Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Growing up around players like that gives Walker confidence. And he will certainly get a long look from the Ravens, who are looking for cornerback depth behind starters Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb.

At 6-foot-2, 191 pounds, Walker has the height to matchup with tall NFL receivers. The Ravens have had success with small school players in the past. Walker hopes to continue that trend.

“It felt good,” Walker said of his first day of Ravens practice. “It also feels like I belong here and I always have.”

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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.