BY ERIC GARLAND, CSNmidatlantic.com
The banged-up Ravens will need all the help they can get when they take on red-hot Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.
Getting some extra support from none other than WWE legend Bret Hart might help.
The former wrestling heavyweight champion stopped by the Ravens facility earlier this week to chat with players, wearing his own personalized Ravens jersey.
Hart, who is in town for charity work, gave an interview earlier in the week with Baltimore Ravens staff writer Garrett Downing at the Under Armor Performance Center and offered some of his own insight on whether former Raven Ray Lewis could have been a professional wrestler.
“He had a lot of wrestler in him,” Hart said. “He had a lot of emotion, he had a lot of charisma and he had a lot of drive. It all goes to together to make the same thing, it makes greatness.”
Hart rejoined the Ravens on Sunday, again sporting his Ravens jersey to show some more love to the team ahead of their matchup with the Seahawks.
Will the presence of “The Best there is, the Best there was, the Best there ever will be” give a boost to these banged-up Ravens? You be the judge.
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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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