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Forsett visits prison, talks with inmates who have him in fantasy football

Forsett visits prison, talks with inmates who have him in fantasy football

When Ravens running back Justin Forsett visited San Quentin State (Calif.) Prison recently, he had no idea his value in fantasy football would be a topic of conversation with inmates.

Forsett went to college at Cal, which is about 25 miles from San Quentin. He became a popular fantasy football choice with inmates, after he rushed for a career–best 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014. However, Forsett’s production fell last season to just 641 yards and two touchdowns, after he missed the final six games with a broken arm.

Inmates who took Forsett in their fantasy draft were not happy. And they didn’t mind telling Forsett.

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“As were walking through, inmates were running up to me, hugging me, whispering to each other about me, yelling, ‘Hey, yo Forsett,’’’ he wrote on his personal blog. “I had you on my fantasy team last season.”

“I was like, ‘What, you all have fantasy football in here?’ It brings a new perspective a season-ending injury when you have an inmate telling you he had you on his fantasy team…and I know I didn’t get any points for this guy.

“You know, I had to apologize. It was a surreal experience that these guys know who you are and are playing fantasy football.”

The visit wasn’t all fun and laughter for Forsett. He was part of the San Quentin Squires Program, which brings youngsters to the prison, to expose them to the realities of prison life as a deterrent to breaking the law.

Forsett was impressed with what the inmates told the youngsters.

“Since one bad decision can land you in a place like this, the inmates really encourage them to avoid this life path,” Forsett wrote. “Some of them - I’m talking murderers in there for life – shared their stories and made sure the kids understood that jail is not a cool place to be.”

After that experience, Forsett is less likely to complain about the dog days of training camp. And he has also learned that San Quentin does fantasy football.

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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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