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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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Ray Lewis is bringing his swagger and creativity to Dancing with the Stars

Ray Lewis is bringing his swagger and creativity to Dancing with the Stars

Evacuate the dance floor. Ravens Hall of Famer Ray Lewis will be taking his talents to ABC's Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America announced Wednesday.

After two Super Bowl, Vince Lombardi trophies, Lewis has his eyes set on winning the coveted Mirror Ball trophy, awarded to the winning dance duo on DWTS.

New York Giants Hall of Famer and now GMA host contributor Michael Strahan, set the bar high for Lewis, who was known for his creative touchdown celebration dances during his 17-year career with the Ravens.

"I know you're going to bring some swagger to the ballroom man, because you brought it on the field," Strahan said.

Lewis is not the only DMV football player to join the DWTS cast, Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman was one of three finalists last year.

Lewis joins other notable cast members such as The Bachelorette's Hannah Brown and NBA's Lamar Odom.

You can watch Lewis compete on DWTS season 28 beginning Monday, Sept. 16 on ABC.

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Ravens vs. Eagles preseason: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Ravens vs. Eagles preseason: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The preseason doesn't count, but if it did the Ravens would be in pretty good shape. Two weeks in, the team has picked up two victories against the Jaguars and Packers. 

Though the results don't mean much in the grand scheme of things, the first eight quarters of action have allowed for different players in different positions to gain valuable reps and try and make a name for themselves as roster cuts and final decisions loom.

Week 3, however, should give us a more in-depth or first-look at some of the probable starters for Baltimore on both offense and defense. Even with Week 3 typically being the game when the main guys take a more extended role, things won't change for Lamar Jackson. He'll still take his standard 20 reps as the Ravens don't want to switch things up.

Making some dazzling plays at times, how will Jackson and the rest of the offense look against the talented Philadelphia defense? Will the defense continue its dominance? That and more will be answered on Thursday.

Here's everything you need to know.

Ravens vs. Eagles Preseason Game

Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Philadelphia Eagles

What: Preseason Week 3

When: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

TV Channel: NBC (WBAL-TV)

Live Stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports App

Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090 AM, 98Rock WBAL, 101.5 FM

Point Spread: Baltimore, -5

Over/Under: 35.5

Weather: 91 degrees, chance of thunderstorms during the evening

Ravens Preseason Schedule

Week 1: Thursday, August 8 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (29-0, W)

Week 2: Thursday, August 15 vs. Green Bay Packers, M&T Bank Stadium (26-13, W)

Week 3: Thursday, August 22 @ Philadelphia Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field

Week 4: Thursday, August 29 @ Washington Redskins, FedEx Field

Ravens 2019 Regular Season Schedule

Week 1: Sunday, September 8 @ Miami Dolphins, 1:00 p.m., Hard Rock Stadium

Week 2: Sunday, September 15 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:00 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium 

Week 3: Sunday, September 22 @ Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m., Arrowhead Stadium

Week 4: Sunday, September 29 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium 

Week 5: Sunday, October 6 @ Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m., Heinz Field

Week 6: Sunday, October 13 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium 

Week 7: Sunday, October 20 @ Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m., CenturyLink Field

Week 8: Sunday, October 27: BYE

Week 9: Sunday, November 3 vs. New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium 

Week 10: Sunday, November 10 @ Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m., Paul Brown Stadium

Week 11: Sunday, November 17 vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. M&T Bank Stadium 

Week 12: Monday, November 25 @ Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m., LA Memorial Coliseum

Week 13: Sunday, December 1 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1:00 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium

Week 14: Sunday, December 8 @ Buffalo Bills, 1:00 p.m., New Era Field

Week 15: Thursday, December 12 vs. New York Jets, 8:20 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium

Week 16: Sunday, December 22 @ Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m., FirstEnergy Stadium

Week 17: Sunday, December 29 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium

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