OWINGS MILLS – Terrence West hopes his third NFL stop is his last one. The former Towson star running back has landed with the Ravens, after disappointing stints with the Browns and Titans. Now West wants to make sure he stays in Baltimore.
“A couple of other teams reached out to me, but I always wanted to be a Raven,” said West, who grew up in Baltimore. “This is my home.”
West was signed to the practice squad Tuesday, after the Titans released him over the weekend. His short career has been a disappointment so far, but West was looking forward to a rebirth in familiar surroundings.
“I wasn’t expecting this,” said West, of being with three teams already since the Browns made him a third-round pick in 2014. “Offseason I worked hard. Everything happens for a reason. God took me around the world, different teams, just to bring me home so I could appreciate it more. This is a great fir for me.
“I got a lot to prove. Even when I was drafted (by the) Browns, I had a lot to prove. I always play with a chip on my shoulder. This is where I belong.”
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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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