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Steelers, Michael Vick agree to deal

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Steelers, Michael Vick agree to deal

After seeing backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski dislocate his finger in the team's third preseason game on Sunday, the Steelers agreed to a contract with Michael Vick on Tuesday, according to reports. 

Vick, who shares a bond with Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, appeared in 10 games for the Jets last season, and completed 52.9 percent of his passes, throwing for 604 yards overall. The NFL's all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks ran 26 times for 153 yards in 2014, too.

It's assumed that Vick will become the No. 2 passer on the depth chart for the Steelers, setting up behind Ben Roethlisberger and ahead of Landry Jones. Gradkowski, meanwhile, is heading to the injured reserve list. Now 35, Vick will be suiting up for his 13th year in the NFL. 

The Steelers and Ravens will play each other on Oct. 1 and Dec. 27. While Roethlisberger hasn't missed a start the last two seasons, his physical style of play means there's always a chance that the Steelers will have to turn to their backup at some point during the year.

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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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