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Dennis Pitta, Todd Heap, Justin Forsett and Jarret Johnson to help 2017 Ravens broadcast team

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Dennis Pitta, Todd Heap, Justin Forsett and Jarret Johnson to help 2017 Ravens broadcast team

Four former Ravens players are making their comebacks to Baltimore, this time in the broadcast booth.

Dennis Pitta, Todd Heap, Justin Forsett and Jarret Johnson will be helping Gerry Sandusky and Stan White with play-by-play announcing on 98 Rock and WBAL NewsRadio 1090 during the Ravens' 2017 season.

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The guys will take turns, handling four games a piece, starting with tight end Dennis Pitta. 

Pitta was released by the Ravens back in June after re-injuring his hip during OTAs. Pitta was drafted by the Ravens in the fourth-round of the 2010 draft. He spent seven seasons with the Ravens and was a huge target for quarterback Joe Flacco during their Super Bowl XLVII win.

Todd Heap will cover games 5-8. Heap was a tight end with the Ravens for nine seasons. He was drafted by the Ravens during the first-round of the 2001 draft and is the team's franchise all-time leader in touchdown catches and second all-time in receptions and yards. He was inducted into the Ravens' Ring of Honor in 2014.

Next up in the booth will be running back Justin Forsett, who will handle games 9-12. Forsett spent just about three seasons with the Ravens, rushing for 2,005 yards while in Baltimore.

And finally, linebacker Jarret Johnson will cover games 13-16. Johnson was the Ravens fourth-round pick of the 2003 draft and played nine seasons with the team. He played in a team-record 129 straight regular-season games with 80 consecutive starts.

Todd, Jarret, Dennis and Justin are several all-time fan favorites,” Ravens President Dick Cass stated. “Much of our franchise’s success was built on the terrific contributions they made – both on the field and in the Baltimore community. In addition to their special ability to connect with people, each provides a unique perspective and energy that will translate to the radio booth and complement Gerry and Stan well.

Ravens fans will get to see if some of the Ravens' all-stars have some skill off the field, too.

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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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