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Williams picks his spot to shine

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Williams picks his spot to shine

A frustrating season for maligned cornerback Cary Williams turned on one play Thursday night, as he stepped in front of a pass by Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden and returned the interception 63 yards for a touchdown, the biggest play of the Ravens 23-16 win over the Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday night.

Williams had been picked on by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady repeatedly in the Ravens 31-30 win over New England last week, as Brandon Lloyd, often covered by Williams, hauled in nine catches for 108 yards. It was the latest big game for a receiver against Williams, who seemed be viewed as the weak link in the tough Ravens secondary.

I knew if they kept messing with him that hed eventually come through, cornerback Lardarius Webb said. I work with him every day. Ive been working with him since training camp and I know what he got.

Dating to the preseason, a string of top-flight quarterbacks including Brady, Andy Dalton, Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan had seemingly looked to exploit matchups with Williams, the fifth-year veteran out of Washburn.

But when Weeden did that one too many times, Williams was ready.

The Browns were driving, trailing just 16-10 late in the third quarter. Facing third-and-5 at the Ravens 43-yard line, Weeden looked to throw to Travis Benjamin along the left sideline. Williams jumped the route, grabbed the ball in the rain and raced down the sideline untouched for the touchdown.

It was his first career interception, and the Ravens 39th defensive touchdown since 2003, the most in the league.

Im glad I was able to recognize the route and the formation, and I just went out there and made the play, he said.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Williams was the difference in the game with the interception return touchdown.

Here is a guy who was under a lot of heat from you all, but he wasnt under heat in our building because we know what kind of player he is, and he comes up big. You have faith in your guys and you believe in your guys. I think he deserved that.

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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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