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Weddle excited, motivated to begin tenure with Ravens


Weddle excited, motivated to begin tenure with Ravens

OWINGS MILLS – Eric Weddle had his welcome-to-the-Ravens press conference Wednesday, just a few hours before the Ravens cut safety Will Hill, and news broke of Hill’s 10-game suspension from the NFL.

Weddle’s presence as a former Pro Bowl safety becomes even more important for the Ravens in wake of Hill’s loss Weddle had interesting comments about his new team, and his current team. 

On his departure from the Chargers after nine seasons and making the Pro Bowl three times:

“I wasn’t wanted there,” Weddle said. “For me, personally, it’s a blessing in disguise…It’s hard to imagine how much I want to win for this organization, a team that wants me.

“It was hard to deal with, to wake up every day, going to work at 4:30 in the morning knowing that the organization doesn’t want you after this year. It was hard to deal with. You play through injuries. You play through all that stuff, and the only thing that got me through that season was my teammates. But it made me stronger.”

His impressions of the Ravens organization:

“I’ve always envied their success, I’ve always envied the way they play. I’m a simple guy. I live and breathe football. That’s my family away from my family. I sacrifice a lot of my time with my kids and my wife to give everything I can to my team…When you think of Baltimore, you think football. You don’t think of anything else…obviously, the Orioles.”

On being the most-decorated Ravens safety since Ed Reed:

“Ed Reed, he’s a legend. Ed Reed will always be the standard that players look up to, and want to strive to be like. I’m not Ed Reed. I’m Eric Weddle, and you’re going to get a great Eric Weddle that does a lot of amazing things on the football field.”

RELATED: Ravens cut S Hill, who started 14 games 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.


“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.