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Wilson following similar career path as Flacco

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Wilson following similar career path as Flacco

Russell Wilson, who will face the Ravens on Sunday, has many similarities with injured Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

While Flacco is recovering from knee surgery, Wilson is leading the Seahawks (7-5) on a late-season surge that could have them playoff bound again. While their playing styles are dramatically different, Flacco and Wilson share similar traits, such as:

WINNING

Flacco has been on six playoff teams in his eight years with the Ravens. He capped the 2012 season with a brilliant postseason and a Super Bowl MVP.

Wilson has won a Super Bowl, came close to winning another, and has made the playoffs every season since entering the NFL in 2012.

“He has obviously done a great job from the first moment he set foot in the National Football League,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Wilson on Wednesday.

LUCRATIVE CONTRACTS

Flacco parlayed his Super Bowl success into a six-year $120.6 million contract, one that will have to be adjusted during the offseason to give the Ravens more salary cap flexibility.

Wilson signed a four-year, $87.6 million contract extension in August, which has forced the Seahawks to make some tough roster decisions. However, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll knows Wilson is worth it.

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“Every year you make difficult decisions at the end of the season,” Carroll said during a conference call Wednesday. “We were in a situation when Russell was young, where he was on our team, we were able to – on his rookie contract- maneuver in some regards. We knew this was coming the whole time, so it’s not something that surprised us or caught us off guard.”

DURABILTY

Before his season-ending knee injury last month, Flacco had started 122 straight games. Wilson will be making his 61st consecutive start Sunday without missing a game. Wilson’s elusiveness helps him stay healthy, but it’s not like Wilson doesn’t get hit. Wilson and Alex Smith of the 49ers have been sacked more times (38) than any quarterbacks in the National Football League. However, Wilson has answered the bell every week.

The Ravens wish they could put Flacco in the lineup Sunday. Instead, they will start either Matt Schaub or Jimmy Clausen.

However, Wilson will be lineup Sunday for Seattle. And for the Ravens, that could be a major problem.

 

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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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