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Ravens' Steve Smith Sr. after tossing helmet: No time for 'kumbayah'

Ravens' Steve Smith Sr. after tossing helmet: No time for 'kumbayah'

OWINGS MILLS – After throwing his helmet in disgust during an early drill at Thursday’s practice, Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. said this was the time of year for intensity. Smith’s focus is simple. He wants to help the Ravens (7-6) make the playoffs.

“Very feisty,” Smith told CSN exclusively following practice, when asked about the team’s mindset. “A very feisty mood. We understand what’s at stake. I don’t think anything’s a happy-go-lucky, kumbayah kind of atmosphere. It’s very up front. We know what’s at stake.”

Asked about the up-and-down nature of the offense this season, Smith said the Ravens need to find consistency.

“What we want to be is high-flying, and scoring a lot of points,” Smith said. “What we don’t want to be is pedestrian. Somewhere in the middle we got to find a rhythm.”

Smith (58 catches, 646 yards, three touchdowns) has 1,019 career catches, and is expected to retire this season, closing a brilliant career at age 37. But despite spraining his ankle earlier this season, Smith said his body was holding up well.

“I’m actually starting to feel better now,” Smith said. “I’m finally getting my legs under me. My ankle’s pretty much healed up. I didn’t get a lot of opportunities (Monday night). They (the Patriots) did a lot of things to neutralize me and Mike (Wallace). But I felt really good, and I feel like I’m getting my speed back. I’m excited about that.”

With the Ravens still in control of their playoff destiny, Smith wants the team to look forward, forget the past, and just concentrate on winning.

“We need to have short-term memory,” Smith said. “Just peddle to the metal. Not allow what has happened, the negative things in the season, to paralyze us. Not rely on all the positives either. Just take everything we’ve had, throw it out the window, and balls to the wall.”

Even if that means Smith occasionally tosses a helmet.

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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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