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Ravens' winning history important to Babin

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Ravens' winning history important to Babin

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Jason Babin has played in just one playoff game during 12 NFL seasons. So when the Ravens called, and offered him a chance to continue his career, Babin viewed it as a golden opportunity. At age 35, Babin has signed a one-year contract, hoping he can help the Ravens get back to the playoffs, something Babin has only done once with the Eagles in 2009. Terrell Suggs’ season-ending Achilles injury opened the door for Babin, who will be primarily a situational-pass rusher for the Ravens.

“I don’t think I could have drawn it up any better,” said Babin after finishing his first Ravens practice Wednesday. “I’ve admired how they play, the style they play, just everything about them. To be a part of this defense, it’s really special to me.

“I was blown away by every aspect of how this organization goes about preparing for winning on Sunday.”

Babin expected to be with the Jets this season, but they released him before Week 1. Asked if being released by the Jets surprised him, Babin said, “It was a surprise. I think the coach (Todd Bowles) said they want to win, but looking back in hindsight the general manager (Mike Maccagnan) talked about building. Who knows what exactly is going on? But that’s in the past, and I’m here now, and I’m ready to play some ball.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh believes Babin will know enough about the Ravens’ defense to play Sunday against the Ravens. Not surprisingly, Babin agrees.

“They sprinkled me in a little bit today,” Babin said. “Obviously Thursday with the pass emphasis, they’ll be a little more of me sprinkled in. But they’re going to keep it simple for me. I basically had a bye week last year. I’m ready to rock and roll.”

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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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