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Justin Tucker got a new deal, but not before he got sandwiches

Justin Tucker got a new deal, but not before he got sandwiches

How did Justin Tucker spend perhaps the most important day of his NFL career?

He was waiting in line for sandwiches.

Tucker, one of the NFL's top kickers, finally agreed on a new, multi-year deal with the Ravens on Friday after weeks of back and forth.

The deal was announced just moments before the 4 p.m. deadline, and Tucker nearly missed it.

I had to postpone this particular conference call by about 10 minutes because I was in line at Potbelly getting sandwiches for me, [Tucker's wife] Amanda and my in-laws as a thank you for them letting me use their fax machine [to send over the paperwork]."

Kickers, as it turns out, are people too, and they like sandwiches. But Tucker also likes burritos, and as it turns out, this isn't the first time food almost delayed a contract signing.

"When I first made the team in 2012, I went and got a burrito from Chipotle and got chips and guac and didn't worry as much about spending the extra couple bucks on the guac," he said, illicting a laughter from all the people on the call. "So this time around, we're celebrating with some Potbelly turkey sandwiches."

But if there's one thing we've learned about Tucker, it's that he's clutch. 

Ordering food and signing a new deal seems like easy work for someone who works in only the most pressure-packed of situations.


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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.


“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.