The fun is beginning for the Ravens. Its time for training camp today.
The Ravens have a mix of talented veterans and younger players who are trying to move up and become a major part of a tough team. This team is going to need some of the less experienced guys to take a bigger role this season and help out since the Ravens lost some key players from the 2011 squad that just missed the Super Bowl.
But the drive for the Super Bowl begins here in training camp. Thats where the learning and understanding everything about the playbook starts.
Its also where the experienced players like starting center Matt Birk can help younger offensive linemen find their ways.
Its important from a team standpoint to be out here and going through the two-a-days and doing the hard stuff, putting your body through it to get it ready, kind of get it calloused, get it ready to endure the physical rigors of the season, Birk said earlier this week. "So, to be honest with yourself, you embrace it. Its part of the process and also to your biological clock, it ticks this time of the year, late July, August. As a football player, you are supposed to be sweating on the football field.
The older players, more experienced guys that have been through so much, can help the younger ones who are not just trying to find their ways, but looking to have an impact on the team.
Coach John Harbaugh believes that veterans be a big plus to younger guys.
Any time you can get experience from a playerA player can give him some ins and outs through is career, and its not just football, Harbaugh said. Its probably how to approach becoming a pro and all that. Its really important.
But in the end, players like Ray Lewis know how hard training camp is, but they love the game so much, they just keep on going. Thats why Lewis said on Wednesday that hes going to keep on playing because he enjoys football too much.
Until passion leaves you for the game, retirement is impossible to think about, he said. I love the game too much, and I have a great connection to Baltimore and as long as Im playing, and my body feels great, then Ill keep doing it.