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Steve Smith Sr. hauls in catch No. 1,000; just 14th player in NFL history to do so

Steve Smith Sr. hauls in catch No. 1,000; just 14th player in NFL history to do so

ARLINGTON, Texas – Steve Smith Sr. made the 1,000th career catch of his illustrious career Sunday, on a 22-yard completion from Joe Flacco early in the third quarter.

Smith became just the 14th NFL player to reach 1,000 receptions all time, and tying him with former Steelers great Hines Ward, who finished with 1,000 catches exactly. 

Smith will likely pass Isaac Bruce (1,024) on the career reception list before the season ends, in what is expected to be Smith’s final season at age 37.

He wanted the 1,000-catch milestone, and figured he would get it against the Cowboys, entering the game with 997. 

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However, Smith clearly has plenty left to give the Ravens this season.

The more Smith accomplishes, the stronger his case for making the Hall of Fame gets. It’s not just numbers that define Smith. It’s the energy and leadership he has brought to every game he has ever played. Smith got into it verbally with several Cowboys during this game, and he also delivered some punishing blocks. Smith has had a special career, and he has the numbers to back it up.

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Ravens' Sam Koch teaches celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay how to punt

Ravens' Sam Koch teaches celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay how to punt

Sam Koch teaching celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay how to punt at M&T Bank Stadium isn't exactly the football highlight you'd expect to find in late February. 

But hey, here we are. 

Ramsay is pretty good at punting based on this clip, though we don't know exactly how many attempts and cuss-word filled rants went on before it. 

His connection to the Ravens? Glad you asked. Ramsay opened a restaurant in Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in 2017. He met a few players and toured the stadium back then, so he's returned to get more action on the field. 

Maybe now Ramsay can teach some Ravens players to make his perfect burger. 

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Lamar Jackson's college teammate recounts the time he tackled the elusive QB

Lamar Jackson's college teammate recounts the time he tackled the elusive QB

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is hard enough to bring down during live action, but that task is impossible during practices when he's donning an alternate, no-contact jersey in practice. 

But during a live scrimmage when he was at Louisville, linebacker Jonathan Greenland claims he did what many NFL defenders struggled to do in 2019: Tackle the ever-elusive Jackson. 

"I actually tackled him one time. I think that was our freshman year when he was live for like one time," Greenland said at a podium appearance during the NFL combine. "He probably ain't gonna tell you that. But I always got the video and all that."

Greenland and Jackson were both members of Lousiville's 2015 recruiting class.

Greenland may have tackled him once, but on another play, Jackson showed he was on a different level than most others on the field. 

"He took it for like 60-70 yards," Greenland said. "I'm running down the field, but I'm not catching him, No. 1. But, two, it's just like 'this kid gonna be special.'"

The two former Cardinals played together from 2015 to the 2017 season, which was Jackson's Heisman Trophy year before the quarterback entered the draft. 

Meanwhile, Greenland returned to Louisville in 2018 but suffered a season-ending wrist injury on the first series of the season. He transferred to Florida for his final season of college. During his only season as a Gator, Greenland racked up 52 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. 

That production alone is enough for teams to covet the pass rusher in the draft. But if you're an NFL team that Jackson terrorized in 2019, a proven ability to tackle the Ravens star quarterback is an added reason to select Greenland.

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