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Former Ravens great Haloti Ngata retires on top of the world... literally

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Former Ravens great Haloti Ngata retires on top of the world... literally

Defensive lineman Haloti Ngata is one of the greatest Ravens in the franchise’s short history. He made five Pro Bowls in nine years in Baltimore after being selected 12th overall in the 2006 draft, helped lead the team to its second Super Bowl victory in 2013, and was regularly considered one of the best defensive players in the sport.

And yet, his most impressive feat might be his retirement announcement.

Ngata announced this week on Instagram that he was retiring from the NFL after 13 seasons, but it wasn’t your standard retirement. 

The hulking lineman hiked to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to post a picture with a customized banner announcing his playing career is over. The banner mentions going out from the NFL “on top,” a fitting phrase for a man standing at Africa’s highest point.

19,341 feet above sea level. For reference, that’s nearly 121 full-length football fields.

Ngata was always a man who embraced challenges, and climbing the world’s tallest free standing mountain certainly qualifies. He has an argument as a top-five player in team history, and now has an argument for top five retirement in league history as well.

The bar has now been set really, really high for future retirement announcements around sports. It’ll be tough to top this one, either in creativity or in literal height.

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Current and former Ravens react to George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minnesota

Current and former Ravens react to George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minnesota

Prominent current and former Ravens players spoke out Wednesday after videos and pictures spread on social media of a Minneapolis police officer with his knee on the neck of a black man, identified as George Floyd, on Monday. 

Floyd, who said he couldn’t breathe while the officer’s knee was on his neck, was killed. The four officers involved, including Derek Chauvin, the officer whose knee suffocated Floyd, were fired.

Riots in Minnesota broke out, as a nationwide cry for justice occurred.

“It’s something that obviously it’s pretty easy to see what’s happening,” Ronnie Stanley said Wednesday on a conference call with local media. “Hopefully justice prevails in this case. It’s really sad to see. I really feel bad for him, his family and his loved ones. I’m keeping them in my prayers.”

Safety Earl Thomas posted a picture to Instagram with the caption, ‘Being black in America is exhausting.’ 

Former wide receiver Torrey Smith tweeted multiple times in the past 24 hours about the incident. 

Current Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence posted that he was, “done being quiet and done being angry.”

Other sports figures posted as well, including LeBron James, who posted a photo of Chauvin and Colin Kaepernick side-by-side.

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Ravens, Torrey Smith surprise seven local students with $20K scholarships

Ravens, Torrey Smith surprise seven local students with $20K scholarships

Former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith recently delivered $20K college scholarships to seven local high school seniors, on behalf of the Ravens.

In a video posted to the Ravens' Twitter account Wednesday, the students were made to think their video conference with Smith was the final interview for the scholarship. They had no idea Smith was there to present them with the news that they had already won. 

"I'm the next level boss," Smith said. "In order to get to the scholarship, you have to go through me."

Recipients were decided based on academic achievements, extracurricular participation, and community service. Here's the list of students that exemplified these skills and were pleasantly surprised Wednesday afternoon.

  • Seantia Bryant, Green Street Academy
  • Gabriella Chalker, Hereford High School
  • Kayla Gauger, Green Street Academy
  • Jada Paschall, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute High School
  • Liz Gomez-Pena, Green Street Academy
  • Jarra Omar, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute High School
  • Donaysia Torbit – Baltimore Polytechnic Institute High School

 

Smith, 31, spent four years with the Ravens, most notably helping them capture a Super Bowl in the 2012 season. Baltimore drafted the Virgina native in the second round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Maryland. He retired in 2019.

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