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Ronnie Stanley’s pit bulls put things into perspective, help him to be grateful day-to-day

Ronnie Stanley’s pit bulls put things into perspective, help him to be grateful day-to-day

As part of NBC Sports Pro Pets series, each week, NBC Sports Washington will release a new short-form video profiling local athletes and the animals they love. Presented by Olde Towne Pet Resort.

Left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, Ronnie Stanley has always had a special place in his heart for animals, particularly pit bulls. 

“Ever since I could remember I’ve been a dog person, animal person, just loved animals,” said Stanley to NBC Sports as part of the 'Pro Pets' series. 

Stanley adopted both of his pit bulls, Lola and Rico, knowing it would not only be able to help him cope with just being in a new unfamiliar place but it would also help an animal with no home. 

“A lot of people just put that stigma on pit bulls that they’re just violent animals and that that’s just like part of the breed and that’s completely not true.” 

For Stanley, the decision to adopt pit bulls, in particular, was about much more than just gaining a new companion, but giving an unappreciated breed of dog a chance and a loving home. 

“When I walked into the shelter I knew I wanted to get one of the dogs that’s been in the shelter for the longest time and that everyone kind of gave up on and no one thought was going to get adopted.” 

“They pretty much found her [Lola] abandoned in a house in a room with no food and no water, they pretty much used her as a breeding dog.” 

Although Lola has been through a lot, she motivates Stanley and helps him to be appreciative for his circumstances. 

“She [Lola] just keeps everything in perspective for me, every time I see her it reminds me of the things she’s been through, she just helps me be grateful every day.”  

On the other hand, Rico, who was also adopted didn’t go through a traumatic experience. 

“He’s kind of living a spoiled life but I got him from the shelter as well.” 

“He’s going to keep you entertained, he’ll at least make you laugh once or twice a day.” 

Regardless of their stereotypes, Stanley wouldn’t trade his loving pit bulls for the world. 

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The internet had some fun with Tom Brady's golf struggles

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The internet had some fun with Tom Brady's golf struggles

On the football field, there is no denying that Tom Brady is one of the best to ever do it. On the golf course, it is a much different story, at least on Sunday.

Participating in 'The Match', a charity golf round that also featured Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Peyton Manning, Brady had some struggles with his golf swing. A few errant shots off the tee coupled with other less-successful moments made Brady look rather human on the green.

Though he is an all-time great at the quarterback position, he looked like every other struggling casual golfer who can't seem to get things right out there. Having those rough swings play out before a national audience, the internet, of course, had some fun Brady's expense.

His opponents and friends from the NFL world also had to chime in. New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton now has the unfortunate luck of having to face off against Brady two times in 2020 after the quarterback made the move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, if Brady performs the way he has on the golf course, maybe Payton will feel a little better.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson also threw a jab at Brady, asking if he wanted to try his luck against some less-talented golfers.

Of course, Brady did rebound and show that he can stroke the ball when he needs to. 

It's not very often that the internet can joke about Tom Brady failing at something, so it's no surprise that plenty of people got their jokes in on Sunday.

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Marlon Humphrey on Lamar Jackson: ‘He’s probably one of the most humble guys I’ve been around’

Marlon Humphrey on Lamar Jackson: ‘He’s probably one of the most humble guys I’ve been around’

Marlon Humphrey’s concerns about the NFL’s limited offseason are the same as everyone else’s: That the lack of an offseason program limits the growth a team can have together. 

He knows that because of the growth he saw from Lamar Jackson just a year ago.

Humphrey was a guest on an episode of ‘Late Night with Locks’ with Maryland head coach Mike Locksley on Friday night, where he talked about Jackson’s MVP season last year. 

“Lamar, man, I was just telling somebody the other day, the jump he made from OTAs to training camp last year, it was a crazy jump,” Humphrey recalled. “The stuff he does in a game, I’m just happy that’s in a game and I don’t have to guard that. He does some crazy stuff.”

He, like everyone else on the Ravens’ defense, saw firsthand Jackson’s growth from year-to-year. And he was one of the few people in the league who didn’t have to worry about Jackson in a game.

“There’s been a lot of times, in the NFL, you’re not truly thudding somebody all the time in practice,” Humphrey said. “There’s a lot of people that say they tackled Lamar and different things, but deep down, we all know that was not going to be a tackle in a game.”

But what stuck out to Humphrey most was Jackson’s off-the-field persona.

“I think the biggest thing Lamar does is just the way he goes about being in the building, being with his teammates,” Humphrey said. “Any time Lamar shows up to any event we invite him to, we all know everyone is going to go crazy for Lamar and he’s not going to be able to enjoy himself or anything. But he’s so humble enough to support his teammates when we have our different events here and there.”

He recalled a story where he, Tim Williams and Jaylen Hill were out to dinner immediately after joining the Ravens. They mentioned to the waitress that they played for the Ravens, and she didn’t believe him. 

Humphrey later said with a grin that not everyone in the city of Baltimore, even Ravens fans, can tell all the players apart sometimes.

“They don’t really know all the players, but they know they love the Ravens,” Humphrey said. “If you’re not Lamar Jackson, they don’t really know who you are ... but they really love the Ravens. When you say you play for the Ravens, they’re your best friend.”

Now, as Jackson and the Ravens have their sights set on a Super Bowl in the young quarterback’s second season as the starting quarterback, Humphrey is anxious to see, like everyone else, how Jackson grows even more.

“Last year, he tried to learn everybody’s name in the whole building,” Humphrey said. “That’s stuff that doesn’t get seen. He’s probably one of the most humble guys I’ve been around. It reminds me of a Jalen Hurts, just more energetic. I just can’t wait to see how he grows.”

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