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Campanaro donates 80 pairs of cleats to local school

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Campanaro donates 80 pairs of cleats to local school

Michael Campanaro was among those Ravens players who visited Douglass High School in West Baltimore in the spring in the wake of the riots that rocked the city.

This week, Campanaro was back at Douglass -- this time donating 80 pairs of Under Armour cleats to the Douglass football team.

Excited to donate 80 pairs of new @underarmour cleats to Coach Townsend and his football team at Douglass High! A lot of negativity has surrounded these kids over the past few months. It's great to see them working hard and together to do something great this year. #RavensNation #IWill #MightyDucks

A photo posted by Michael Campanaro (@mikecamp15) on Jul 8, 2015 at 8:21am PDT

Excited to donate 80 pairs of new @underarmour cleats to Coach Townsend and his football team at Douglass High! A lot of negativity has surrounded these kids over the past few months. It's great to see them working hard and together to do something great this year. #RavensNation #IWill #MightyDucks

A photo posted by Michael Campanaro (@mikecamp15) on Jul 8, 2015 at 8:19am PDT

Campanaro, who grew up in Clarksville in Howard County and played high school state title games at M&T Bank Stadium, has local roots that run deeper than most Ravens. He told WBAL Radio that after the team's spring visit to the school -- which was near the epicenter of the unrest this spring -- he knew he wanted to do something more with the school.

"Those kids were surrounded with a lot of negativity the past few months," Campanaro said. "We went down there, and I was talking to some of the kids who actually played on the team,  and just to see how upbeat they were about the football season and ... they weren't really focused on what was going on around them. They were kind of sticking together and looking forward to this year.

"It was great to see, and I just wanted to give back, and keep a smile on their face, and hook them up with some cleats."

Campanaro will enter training camp competing for a job as a slot receiver and return specialist, but he has been slowed by injuries. As a rookie last year, Campanaro finished with seven catches for 102 yards and one touchdown, but he missed 12 of 16 regular-season games.

He then suffered a quad injury early in the first OTA session and was sidelined for the other OTAs as well as the mandatory minicamp. Campanaro, told WBAL Radio that he is "100 percent" as he prepares for training camp, which begins late this month.

 

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Get to know Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Get to know Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram

We are here to help you get your workweek started with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player Notes: 

Running back Mark Ingram is bringing two Pro Bowls, 1,321 rushing yards and 50 rushing touchdowns to the Ravens, but there's a lot about him you may not know. Did you know that his father, Mark Ingram Sr., was drafted at No. 28 overall just like his son? Probably not. Here's five things to know about Ingram via the Ravens' website. 

Safety Earl Thomas isn't just talented on the field, but off the field as well. Thomas can play piano, drums, saxophone and the organ. During his freshman year of high school, Thomas would change out of his football uniform at halftime into his band uniform to perform and then back again. Here's five things to know about Thomas via the Ravens' website

Former Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is retiring from the game. The 30-year-old made the announcement at his wife's baby shower over the weekend. Selected 19th overall by the Eagles in the 2009 NFL Draft, Maclin played for the Eagles, Chiefs and the Ravens.

Outside linebacker Tim Williams is ready to be a defensive leader for the Ravens in 2019. With the departures of Eric Weddle, Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley and Za'Darius Smith in free agency, Williams is ready to be "that man" for the NFL's No.1 defense. 

Williams has yet to play a full season for the Ravens after being drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. In 2018, the linebacker saw action in only sevens games due to hamstring and ankle injuries. 

In AFC news, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the league Sunday via Instagram. The 29-year-old finishes his career with 521 receptions for 7,861 yards, 79 touchdowns and three Super Bowl championship. 

Looking Ahead: 

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.

April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Congratulations pour in for Robert Griffin III after re-signing with Ravens

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Congratulations pour in for Robert Griffin III after re-signing with Ravens

You've made it to Friday and the Baltimore Ravens secured their backup quarterback. What more could we ask for?

Here's the latest news surrounding the Ravens.

Player Notes: 

The Ravens and QB Robert Griffin III agreed in principle to a two-year deal Thursday. A solid option behind Lamar Jackson, players around the league are happy to see the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year remain in the NFL.

The Ravens' newest member of their special teams unit, Justin Bethel, doesn't just have skills on the field but off the field as well. Bethel and his brothers have their own jazz band called House of Bethel, where the Raven plays the drums. In the music video for their single called, "The New Boss," Bethel has nearly a minute long drum solo

ESPN's Mel Kiper re-graded the Ravens' 2018 draft class, bringing them from a B-plus to an A-minus. One of the more stronger classes in recent history, the additions of Jackson, Mark Andrews, Hayden Hurst and Orlando Brown Jr. served the Ravens well in 2018. 

Is Action Jackson a hockey guy? The Ravens QB was spotted Thursday night at an Arizona Coyotes game. 

Looking Ahead: 

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.

April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

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