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A timeline of how ‘Big Truss’ took over Baltimore and the Ravens

A timeline of how ‘Big Truss’ took over Baltimore and the Ravens

John Harbaugh originally just thought some Ravens players had misspelled the word “trust.”

The phrase ‘Big Truss’ originally began as something much smaller, a simple phrase in the Ravens’ locker room. In fact, it wasn’t even used in a Ravens’ weekday press conference until Nov. 21, a few days before the team faced the Rams on Monday Night Football. 

By all accounts, the phrase hit the locker room during the season with Lamar Jackson and Marquise Brown. It started as, essentially, a throwaway line between two teammates from South Florida. Then, it exploded. 

“It’s something that he (Jackson) says, and I’ve been saying it to him for a little while,” running back Mark Ingram said. “And then y’all just caught it on camera. It’s just a little something that we have going. I can’t really expand on it, but we know it’s love, big love. Something along those lines.”

Ingram took to the podium after the team destroyed the Texans and put the phrase into the mainstream with his famous speech about Jackson and his MVP candidacy on Nov. 17.

“If you got an issue with that, come see me,” Ingram said. “I’m about that. Big truss.”

Merchandise was sold with “truss” on shirts and memorabilia — and Jackson had to trademark the word “Truzz” this offseason, since someone tried to sue him for the word “Truss.”

Jackson showed off a tattoo across his chest in mid-April with the phrase inked on his body now.

The phrase took on more of a meaning than just two Floridians keeping with a few words from home, too. Rather, it took on a more symbolic significance as the entire city joined around the rallying cry.

“You talk about Friday night lights and things like that; it brings people together for whatever reason,” Harbaugh said of how the team came together. “Maybe it's because it's such a hard thing. Maybe it's because it's such a team sport, and everybody recognizes it. Maybe it's the family feeling that you have. And it's tough; there's adversity that goes with it. Maybe it's one of the better metaphors for life — all those things that someday we'll talk about in the book.”

Six days after the Ravens beat the Rams, Justin Tucker booted home a game-winning field goal to knock off the 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium. Tucker, who went to the podium in postgame, used his time to say, “Big truss.”

Despite the Ravens’ playoff loss to the Titans in mid-January, the phrase kept its meaning and momentum. Jackson even got the president involved.

The phrase, “Big truss” took roots in South Florida many years ago with Brown and Jackson, but it’s likely it won’t be stopped at any point in the near future.

“‘Big Truss,’” Jackson said with a smile before the Rams game. “Insider (knowledge). You don't need to talk about it.”

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Lamar Jackson reacts to Madden 21 rating: ‘I wish it was better’

Lamar Jackson reacts to Madden 21 rating: ‘I wish it was better’

Madden 21 released a few ratings of top players in this year’s game, and to no one’s surprise, Lamar Jackson is perhaps the game’s most fun player.

Jackson is the game’s fastest quarterback with a 96 speed rating, paired with a 95 overall throw on the run rating, as well as a 94 rating for throwing under pressure. His throw power is 10th in the game at 92 overall.

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But Jackson did take a little exception to his overall rating, which is a 94 -- good for the third best quarterback in the game behind Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson.

“I wish it was better,” Jackson said Monday evening on SportsCenter. “But hey, it’s better than it was last year. I guess we can roll with it till the season starts.”

Jackson, the cover athlete for this year’s game, started last year’s game at just a 76 overall.

Jackson wishes his rating was a little better this year due to his improvement from his rookie season to his second year in the league.

“I just think I did better than last year,” Jackson said. “I did a lot more than people expected, and our team did.”

As for what Jackson guessed his rating would be before the big reveal?

“At least 96, 97 probably,” Jackson had said.

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Ravens' J.K. Dobbins earns top Madden 21 rating of rookie running backs

Ravens' J.K. Dobbins earns top Madden 21 rating of rookie running backs

Baltimore Ravens rookie J.K Dobbins may have been the fifth running back taken in the 2020 NFL Draft but he’s No. 1 in the eyes of EA Sports' Madden NFL 21. In the newest rankings, Madden has the former Ohio State star as the highest-rated rookie running back in this year's edition. 

Dobbins, who earned a 75 overall rating leads the pack followed by Kansas City Chiefs’ Clyde Edwards-Helaire (74), Detroit Lions’ D’Andre Swift (74), and Indianapolis Colts’ Jonathan Taylor (73). All were selected before Dobbins in April's draft. Over three seasons at OSU, Dobbins rushed for 4,459 yards and 38 touchdowns. His speed, power and versatility as a runner and receiver in the backfield earned him this rating, but we’ll see if he lives up to being “best in class” this upcoming season.

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