Former Ravens running back Ray Rice and his wife, Janay, were back in Baltimore on Wednesday, handing out dozens of uniforms to the Southwest Seminoles cheerleaders. Rice and his wife have moved to Connecticut, but they wanted to help after hearing that both the Southwest football team and the cheerleaders were in need. The cheerleader uniforms were designed by Janay.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Rice was inspired after hearing about Derwin Hannah, a youth football coach who, with help from other volunteers has transformed a Baltimore park from a drug-dealing location into a place for sports and other community activities.
“I know what football did for me,” Rice told the Baltimore Sun. “I know what football and cheerleading can do for them.”
Rice was very active in the community during his time with the Ravens, but his Ravens career ended after his domestic violence incident with Janay. However, Rice’s presence in the community has been missed.
“Him coming back after all he has been through, it means a lot to this community – a high-poverty community,” Shanell Adams, a recreational aide and substitute teacher, told the Sun. “I never stopped believing in Ray Rice. I’m still a fan. I’m still wishing that he would get on another team. Who am I to judge? Everybody makes mistakes.”
Rice, who has not played in the NFL since the Ravens released him in September of 2014, said he was continuing to train, hoping for another opportunity.
“Fitness is my life,” Rice said. “I’m doing what I’ve got to do to get another shot.”
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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