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Ravens' Urschel shows dance moves in new ad campaign


Ravens' Urschel shows dance moves in new ad campaign

John Urschel is more than just a talented football player and a math whiz. He also has dance moves.

The Ravens’ offensive lineman was a willing participant in the ad campaign for Gillette’s New Fusion ProShield razor, leading up to the Super Bowl. Urschel joined Rodger Saffold of the Rams and Trent Williams of the Redskins, but Urschel seemed to have the most fun.

Check out Urschel’s moves on YouTube:

Urschel’s dance was dubbed “Awkwardly Sensual”, but he disagreed with that handle.

“I danced my heart out,” Urschel said in a telephone interview with Comcast Mid-Atlantic. “They put the word “awkward” in there. I’m OK with whatever they want to call it, but I think it was 100 percent sensual. There’s no awkward in there.

“The whole idea behind this is, your razor protects your face when you shave, just like offensive linemen protect the quarterback. So they’re using offensive linemen for this ad campaign, which is really awesome. When do offensive linemen ever get used for ad campaigns? Plus, they let me dance.

“I think we did two or three takes, but after I busted out the moves on the first one, it was more like, let’s just stop. We have enough.”

Urschel was forbidden to grow a beard for years, so he saw irony in participating in a Gillette razor promotion.

”In high school I went to a prep school,” Urschel said. “No facial hair. Then in college I played for Joe Paterno my first few years. Also did not allow facial hair. So through high school and the majority of college, I’ve had people telling me, ‘John, no facial hair.’ So now with the Ravens, I’ve been rocking the beard to make up for lost time. But you can’t just let the thing go. You’re going to scare people. Ladies don’t like beards that are hair here, hair, there, hair everywhere. I pull out the Gillette razor, make sure the hair is very clean and professional.”

Urschel said it may be time for the Ravens to have a contest, to see who the team’s best dancer is.

“I’ve got some moves, but they’ve been undercover,” Urschel said. “They haven’t been seen many places, other than some Penn St. parties back in my day. The secret’s out now.

“I think our kicker, Justin Tucker, has kind of held the thrown of best dancer. But I think it’s time for an open competition. I think I’m ready for that. It’s time for some change.”

[RELATED: Ravens have plenty of options with the No. 6 pick]

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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.