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Wentz hopes to mirror Flacco's NFL success


Wentz hopes to mirror Flacco's NFL success

In an indirect way, the NFL success story of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco helped elevate the draft stock of Carson Wentz.

Flacco and Wentz have similar backgrounds. Both are products of smaller schools – Flacco from Delaware, and Wentz from North Dakota St. Both are tall with powerful throwing arms – Flacco at 6-foot-6, and Wentz at 6-foot-5.

The Ravens have never regretted their decision to take Flacco with the 18th pick in 2008.  Flacco is the only NFL quarterback to win at least one playoff game in each of his first five seasons. He became a starter as a rookie, he has been a Super Bowl MVP, and he has led the Ravens to the playoffs in six of his first eight seasons.

Wentz will be drafted either No. 1 by the Rams, or No. 2 by the Eagles, and he is arriving to the NFL accompanied by far more hype than Flacco. However, as more FCS players enjoy NFL success, it becomes easier for them to convince people they can make the transition.

“I think there is a greater awareness of the general public about some of these high-level FCS players,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said during a Friday conference call. “I think the NFL has always scouted them, but when you start talking about Joe Flacco winning a Super Bowl, Carson Wentz going No. 1 or 2 overall, that brings an awareness to the public.

During his press conference at the combine, Wentz said he had paid close attention to Flacco’s career.

“There’s a lot of talented guys at the FCS level that can play,” Wentz said. “Especially a guy like Flacco coming in really right away as a rookie and winning some ballgames. I think that shows that that adjustment can be made by special players for sure.”

Wentz hopes that one day he will have a Super Bowl experience like Flacco’s. The team that drafts Wentz will hope so as well.

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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.