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Reed makes NFL history

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Reed makes NFL history

Happy birthday, Ed Reed.
Reed turns 34 Tuesday and gave himself a very nice birthday present with a play that helped break open Mondays 44-13 victory over the Bengals while creating some NFL history.
The safety set a new NFL record for return yards on an interception when he picked off an Andy Dalton pass and ran it back for a 34-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. That gave Baltimore a 34-13 lead and changed the game's direction.
Reed now has 1,497 yards on interception returns, passing leader (and former Raven) Rod Woodson (1,483). That was Reeds 53rd interception and his seventh career touchdown in the regular season.
Add in post-season play, and Reeds got 14 touchdowns overall in his Hall of Fame career.
Congratulations to Ed Reed, said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. His interception probably didnt seal the game, but put it out of reachthat was big.
Reed was kind of laughing about it afterwards and gave lots of credit to the defensive line as they put pressure on Dalton. The Bengals QB said he saw everything, and they had the right call and everything, but there was someone at his feet and the ball sailed and went to Reed.
Thats really hands down to the D-linemen, who got some pressure on Dalton there, Reed said. I got my hands on one before that, actually two, you know, and its like youre talking to yourself. Its like its coming, its coming, its coming, just be patient. Thats what we kept telling each other in the secondary.
And it finally came. But thats something Reeds shown an amazing knack for during his time in the NFL. Its not just the fact that he makes big plays on defense, its the fact that he makes them at times that really help turn the game around.
It's happened so many times.
Whenever he makes plays, its just like man, how does he do that? said cornerback Lardarius Webb. He just makes plays play after play after play. And when I see them, I just see legendary. I see greatness, and I want to be like that one day, and it just makes me so proud and so happy that I can play with a guy like that.

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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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