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Orioles great Cal Ripken: Lamar Jackson is 'the No. 8 in Baltimore now’

Orioles great Cal Ripken: Lamar Jackson is 'the No. 8 in Baltimore now’

There's just something special about wearing No. 8 in Baltimore.

Orioles legend Cal Ripken wore that number on his back for 2,632 consecutive games, a record that will almost certainly never be broken. He was named an All-Star 19 times during his time in Baltimore, along with having two AL MVP awards, two Gold Gloves and eight Silver Sluggers to his name.

While Ripken's No. 8 will be honored in Baltimore forever, there's a new No. 8 chasing his glory. That would be Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

In just his second season and first full year as a starter, Jackson took the NFL by storm. The recently turned 23-year-old led Baltimore to an AFC-best 14-2 record while leading the NFL in touchdown passes with 36. The likely MVP broke Michael Vick's single-season quarterback rushing yards record this season, too, while only committing seven turnovers on the year.

"It’s his time, though," Ripken told The Athletic. "He is No. 8. He’s the No. 8 in Baltimore now."

Ripken's praise for Baltimore's new No. 8 didn't stop there.

"I was always excited to watch the Ravens, but I mean, you’re particularly excited seeing some of the things he does," Ripken said on Jackson. “You think you’re gonna see something that you haven’t seen before. He’s making people miss him and fall down with some of his moves."

This past offseason, Jackson threw out the first pitch at an Orioles game with a custom No. 8 jersey on his back. Jackson thanked Ripken for letting him "borrow" his jersey for the day.

Jackson has plenty of years to go to match Ripken's longevity, but there's a tremendous amount of respect from both No. 8's in the Charm City.

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Report: Tony Romo agrees to deal with CBS to become highest-paid analyst ever

Report: Tony Romo agrees to deal with CBS to become highest-paid analyst ever

Tony Romo’s transition from NFL quarterback to CBS analyst has been as seamless as anyone could have imagined.

The former face of the Cowboys franchise has garnered acclaim for his acumen in the booth, as he’s displayed an unparalleled vision of the game and ability to convey it in ways that average fans understand. For that, CBS reportedly has rewarded Romo with the richest deal for an NFL analyst in TV history.

Romo and CBS have agreed to a deal of about $17 million a season and “significantly more” than five years, New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reported Friday. The deal more than doubles the previous annual high of $8 million held by John Madden two decades ago.

According to the report, Romo would have been able to speak with other networks in March if a deal had not been reached, and ESPN was prepared to make a serious run at him for their “Monday Night Football” broadcast.

Instead, CBS avoids a bidding war as Romo signs on with a deal that will pay him more annually than he made on his entire rookie deal (three years, nearly $10 million) with the Cowboys.

Romo made just over $3 million last season, his third with CBS.

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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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