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Terrell Suggs backs his QB by wearing Obama-inspired "Flacco elite" shirt

Terrell Suggs backs his QB by wearing Obama-inspired "Flacco elite" shirt

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs got a laugh out of reporters Wednesday, when he came to the podium for his press conference wearing a tee shirt with quarterback Joe Flacco’s face on it. Underneath Flacco’s face was the word, “Elite." It is done in the style of President Barack Obama's well-known "Hope" poster.

“Is Joe Flacco elite?” has become a catchphrase question that has taken on never-ending life, even debated by politicians and entertainers. So when Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox saw the Flacco elite shirts, he couldn’t resist buying some for his teammates.

Flacco first saw the tee shirts last weekend.

“I picked up Dennis on the way to the game this past Sunday, and he came out wearing one,” Flacco said. “I said, ‘Man, why do you have my face on your shirt?”’

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The Ravens stand steadfastly behind their quarterback, which was the message behind Suggs’ fashion statement.

“We are kind of rallying behind our guy, but he better play elite,” Suggs said.

 As usual, Suggs couldn’t resist teasing Flacco.

“When Joe used to have good games, I used to put a picture of a hip-hop vixen in his locker,” Suggs said. “When he didn’t have a good game, I would put something quite the opposite. I’ll let him tell you about that. Now we are a little more mature. He is married now, so I have to be a little more politically correct. He had a good game, so we are trying to get the confidence thing going. When he drops a bad one, I’ll have something for him.”

But if outsiders criticize Flacco, Suggs won’t stand for it.

“You can question a Super Bowl MVP?” Suggs asked. “Hell no.”

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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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