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AFC North: Browns officially tab RGIII as starting QB

AFC North: Browns officially tab RGIII as starting QB

Robert Griffin III wanted an opportunity to become a starting quarterback again. 

The former Heisman Trophy winner and No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft moved on from the Washington Redskins after being beaten out by Kirk Cousins and was awarded that opportunity with the Cleveland Browns.

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On Monday morning, head coach Hue Jackson announced that RGIII had won the starting job, beating out the likes of Josh McCown and rookie Cody Kessler.

“It’s time. Robert has earned the right to be named the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns,” Jackson said in a statement released. “Since he was signed back in March, Robert has made it clear through his actions that he is willing to do everything that has been asked of him to earn this role. Throughout this process he has gained the respect from his teammates, the coaching staff and the entire organization that is necessary for him to lead our offense and really the entire team.”

Griffin III last played in an NFL game in the Redskins Week 8 blowout loss to the Cowboys in 2014. He spent the entire 2015 season on the bench behind Cousins, and was granted the opportunity to revive his career elsewhere.

When he opens the regular season under center for the Browns in Week 1 against the Eagles, Griffin III will be the 25th starting quarterback the team has had since 1999.

RGIII will make his return to the nation's capital in Week 4 when the Browns face the Redskins on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1:00 p.m. Griffin's former Redskins teammate Will Compton was happy to see RGIII back in the saddle.

The Browns open up preseason play on Friday against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field at 8:00 p.m.

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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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