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Ravens faith-based organization

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Ravens faith-based organization

You hear faith and football and maybe your first thought is Faith Hill and her song that introduces each week’s Sunday night game on NBC.

But as coach John Harbaugh indicated in comments after last weekend’s win in San Diego, he feels his Ravens are tied together at least partly by their shared faith.

Referring to Ray Lewis’ pregame speech on the themes of hope, love and faith, Harbaugh said: “Those are three things that bind a football team together and bind a group of people together with each other and with their creator. To see it pay off like that, with that kind of success, is more of a validation of faith and trust in one another and in God. I don’t like to say it too much because I know some people don’t like to hear that, but it’s a big part of who we are as a team."

The team’s website, baltimoreravens.com, explored the subject in a piece this week, speaking with, among others, the team chaplain, Rod Hairston.

“We have a head coach and a general manager whose relationship with God really forms many of their approaches to coaching and leadership,” Hairston said. “It shapes a sense of integrity about how people deal with one another, it shapes a passion for excellence, it shapes the outlook when things look like they aren’t going well.”

Receiver Anquan Boldin said it’s also a matter of balance, giving a player some perspective.

 “I think if all you have is football, you’ll go crazy,” Boldin said. “It gives you a bigger picture. At the end of the day with this game, we’ll be judged by wins and losses. But when we look at the bigger picture, we’ll be judged on how effective we were in the locker room. How many lives did we change? How many people did we influence? I see that now as opposed to earlier in my career.”

The atmosphere with the Ravens also apparently helped make a change with cornerback Cary Williams, who had been something of a malcontent earlier in his career.

“It’s just one of those things where I lean heavily on my faith,” Williams said, “and I believe that God puts us through things that make us stronger, put us through situations so we can bless others.”

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Michael Pierce responds to last week's dismissal from practice

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Michael Pierce responds to last week's dismissal from practice

Kick off your Monday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Last week, defensive tackle Michael Pierce was dismissed from practice after showing up in "less than ideal shape" according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Pierce joined WSNP-FM 105.5 Friday where he responded to being dismissed from practice. “Throughout the offseason, I tend to lift more than run,” Pierce said. “Being a nose guard, I want to be strong or what not. I, honestly, just mismanaged my running a little bit.”

2. On the other hand, tight end Mark Andrews looks "bigger, faster and stronger" Zrebiec said. Andrews had a standout year last season as a rookie with three touchdowns and 34 catches for 552 yards. Zrebiec said Andrews has not slowed down and will be an even bigger asset to the Ravens offense this season.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson has his best practice yet

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson has his best practice yet

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens are hopeful Earl Thomas will be a leader for their new defense which Thomas called "very complex." "This defense is very complex compared to what we were doing in Seattle,” Thomas said to Ravens media. “We were just playing Cover-3 all the time. Now, we’re making calls on the fly. That’s the biggest adjustment for me.”

Additionally, Thomas told media members after practice that he's made "fast friends" with quarterback Lamar Jackson. "He's a very funny guy, I don't know if you all know that," Thomas said.

2. Speaking of Lamar Jackson, he reportedly had his best day of practice so far this offseason according to Ravens media. Jackson's throws looked much better and he was quick in the pocket.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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