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Steelers claim former Ravens SB hero off waivers

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Steelers claim former Ravens SB hero off waivers

The Ravens didn’t claim Jacoby Jones off waivers, but their archrivals did. The Steelers announced Thursday they had signed Jones, and he was expected to step in immediately as their kick returner. The Steelers waived Dri Archer, who had been handling kickoff duties, to make room for Jones.

How ironic that Jones will now play for Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. It was Tomlin who Jones memorably had to avoid during a 2013 kickoff return, when Tomlin strayed too close to the field of play while Jones was in the midst of a 73-yard return. Jones was playing for the Ravens then, and the crowd at M&T Bank Stadium was livid, especially when Tomlin grinned as his face was shown afterward on the stadium scoreboard.

Tomlin wasn’t laughing later when he was fined $100,000 by the NFL for what Tomlin later described as an “inexcusable blunder.”

The Steelers hope Jones does better for them than he did for the Chargers. Jones struggled as a returner in San Diego, and he made a key mistake Sunday against the Ravens, when failed to fair catch a punt in the fourth quarter. The punt rolled an extra 19 yards, pinning the Chargers at their own three-yard line, and setting up the go-ahead touchdown for the Ravens.

The Ravens thought they had seen the last of Jones this season on Sunday, but the Steelers host the Ravens in Week 16 (Dec. 27). So Jones may get another chance for revenge against the Ravens, who cut Jones after last season.

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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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