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Reed: 'I'll be playing next year'

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Reed: 'I'll be playing next year'

While it will be Ray Lewis' last ride with the Ravens, Ed Reed will be back.

Reed has complained about not having a contract beyond this season with the Ravens, but the soon-to-be free agent -- who has repeatedly talked of retirement for several years now -- made it clear that he'll be in uniform somewhere for 2013-14.

"I'll be playing next year, if that's what you're asking," Reed, 34, said during a media session Thursday as the Ravens rev up for the Feb. 3 Super Bowl vs. the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans. 

Reed, a New Orleans native, is playing in the Super Bowl for the first time in 11 seasons. The safety has dealt with torn cartilage in his shoulder since Week 3 and has been in the crosshairs of the league office for illegal hits on defenseless receivers, tallying more than $100,000 in fines though avoiding suspension. 

He made the Pro Bowl for the ninth time, and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning still calls Reed "the best safety in football."

But his future with the Ravens is murky at best. Reed threatened to hold out of training camp if he didn't get a new deal, but it was a bluff. He reported on time and tied cornerback Cary Williams for a team-high 4 interceptions in the regular season.

In the season-opener vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, Reed returned an interception 63 yards for a TD to set an NFL record for interception return yardage.

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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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