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Passed over by Ravens and many others, Jack enters NFL motivated

Passed over by Ravens and many others, Jack enters NFL motivated

The Ravens were one of many teams that passed over Jaguars inside linebacker Myles Jack in the draft. Jack, who finally went in Round 2 (No. 36), still sounds disappointed. Disappointed, as in motivated.

“Honestly, it was humiliating man, it was embarrassing,” said Jack last week on the Rich Eisen Show, talking about watching the first round from the green room without being drafted. “Having to sit there, and afterwards walking out, having my girl to my left, my mom to my right, my grandma to the right of her. Having to look at them, that was a tough feeling.”

The Ravens could have taken Jack at No. 36. Instead, they traded down to No. 38 with the Jaguars, who took Jack at No. 36. The Ravens eventually traded down again to No. 42, and took outside linebacker Kamalei Correa.

Jack’s draft stock plummeted the week before the draft, as concern grew about his surgically-repaired knee. The concern is that Jack will have a short NFL career. But Jack plans to make teams that passed over him regret it.

“It’s all motivation man,” Jack said. “I appreciate it. It’s made me hungry. It’s grounded me a lot. I just can’t wait to play ball.”

If Jack is healthy Week 3 when the Ravens visit the Jaguars, it will be interesting. Motivation certainly won’t be a problem for him.

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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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