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Steve Smith Sr. blasts players for not putting him on NFL Top 100 list

Steve Smith Sr. blasts players for not putting him on NFL Top 100 list

Let's come up with a list of activities that are safer alternatives to doing something that makes Steve Smith Sr. angry.

Eating a tuna fish sandwich on an airplane full of weary passengers in the middle of a cross-country flight? Sure, that sounds better than riling Smith Sr. up.

Going up to Kobe Bryant and saying to his face that he should've retired in 2013 instead of turning into a less fun, more trigger happy Nick Young? Definitely smarter than aggravating No. 89.

Hell, even telling a room full of Bostonians that Good Will Hunting is overrated and runs 25 minutes too long is preferable to getting on the wide receiver's bad side.

But now, because people aren't smart, Smith Sr. is furious again. And this time, his wrath is heading in the direction of every one of the sport's players who voted for the NFL's annual Top 100 list.

Here's what the 37-year-old posted on Twitter in response to a message wondering whether he could make the group next year (he was selected in 2012, 2013 and 2015, but was absent from the 2016 edition after playing in just seven games):

The rankings have been published following the last six seasons, and the guys who make it end up there because they've been chosen by their peers. Smith Sr. knows how that process works. So, for those who left him off, they can now proudly say they've qualified for the Steve Smith Sr. Wants to Run Me Over or Viciously Stiff Arm Me on His Way to the End Zone List. It's not a great list to be on.

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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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