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Reed takes defense under his wing


Reed takes defense under his wing

At times, Ed Reed seems disgruntled because he hasn't gotten a new contract from the Ravens.

He's sometimes gimpy because of recurring hamstring issues.

But Reed, 34, hasn't behaved like he doesn't want to be here.

"Ed is playing great on the field, but hes better, right now, at his preparation, getting us prepared. He is teaching us some things that weve never learned before about film watching, studying the other team," cornerback Lardarius Webb said. "He is Hall of Fame at that right now. Thats what he is showing us - how to prepare for these guys. We just have our ears open and are trying to learn from the greatness."

Going into Sunday's game at the Kansas City Chiefs, Reed could add to it. Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is prone to turnovers as he has accounted for 10 of his team's NFL-high 15.

Coach John Harbaugh agrees with Webb's assessment. Reed, named 2004 Defensive Player of the Year, has two interceptions, taking one back 34 yards for a touchdown in the season opener vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. Reed set the record for total return yardage, besting Rod Woodson's 1,483. Reed has 59 career interceptions.

"Hes playing as well as Ive seen him play since 08, and he's played really well all those years. He's playing as well or better than Ive seen him in the last couple of years," Harbaugh said. "I just think the world of how he's playing and how hes leading. He's been leading us in the meeting room, locker room, training room."

Reed complained twice last week about not getting a new contract from the Ravens. The highest-paid at his position already at 7.2 million, Reed already is looking to retirement.

"I'm not sure right now. I know I want to coach somewhere around my son," Reed said. "He's growing up and I don't want to lose the time that I've lost with my family."

As long as he's around, Reed insists on sharing his wisdom and not walk out the door with it.

"I haven't changed at all. I just work closely with my doctor to really work on the recovery part of it. I'm working on things that I know guys are going to need when I'm gone out of football," Reed said. "A lot of guys don't know bout the recovery part of it, the anti-aging part of it. We beat down our bodies so much. For me to be 34, I'm bouncing back great right now."

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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.