BY ERIC GARLAND, CSNbaltimore.com
Former Ravens assistant John Fassel helped save a drowning man in the Pacific Ocean last week, according to ESPN.
Fassel, who was a Ravens special teams assistant from 2005-2007, spotted a boogie-boarder in Manhattan Beach struggling to stay afloat in a riptide.
Fassel, now special teams coordinator for the St. Louis Rams, told ESPN the man was clearly panicking and estimated he would have went underwater in 30 seconds or less if someone didn't help.
Along with the help of another bystander, Fassel grabbed the man’s arms and waist to pull him onto a surfboard and stayed with the man until paramedics arrived at the scene.
“He was totally unresponsive when we got to him,” The NFL coach told ESPN.
After Fassel passed the man along to the medical staff, he was taken to a local hospital and was in stable condition.
“It was seriously amazing how fast they got on the scene,” Fassel told the network. “When we got him in, and he had the help he needed, we were high-fiving and celebrating.”
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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.”
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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