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Which Ravens will follow in Ray Lewis' steps and be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

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Which Ravens will follow in Ray Lewis' steps and be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

Ray Lewis will have his football legacy sealed when he's enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. 

The first-year ballot inductee will join Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens players in franchise history to receive their gold jackets.

That list is destined to grow, and when it does, whose names will be added to the list of legends? Let's look at a few players who are worthy of consideration. 

Ed Reed

The Ravens selected Reed in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft, and he would go on to play 11 seasons with the organization. During those 11 seasons, he was voted to the Pro Bowl nine times, was a five-time First-Team All-Pro and started 159 of 160 games. 

On the field, Reed had 61 interceptions for 1,541 yards and seven touchdowns. In addition, the safety raked up 11 forced fumbles and 13 fumbles recovered for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Not to forget a Super Bowl XLVII championship.

Reed will become eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019, and is expected to be a first-year ballot inductee. He currently owns the two longest pick-sixes in NFL history at 107 and 106 yards. It will not be long before Reed is joining his fellow Miami Hurricane and Ravens defensive star in the Hall of Fame. 

Terrell Suggs

Drafted in 2003 by the Ravens in the first round, Suggs' play has yet to diminish, even at 35 years old. In 15 seasons, the linebacker has been voted to seven Pro Bowls, a First-Team All-Pro in 2011, AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2003 and has started 197 of 213 games.

Entering the 2018 season, Suggs has seven interceptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns, 32 forced fumbles, 125.5 sacks and 576 tackles. With a Super Bowl win under his belt, he continues to be the heart of the Ravens defense. Suggs has no plans for retirement, but when the time eventually comes to call it a career he could very well be a first-year ballot inductee. 

Steve Smith Sr.

Smith Sr. only spent three seasons with the Ravens before retiring, but considering the bad blood he has with the Carolina Panthers when they let him go after 13 seasons, he would likely be enshrined as a Raven. 

Over a 16-year career, the wide receiver played in 219 games racking up 1,031 receptions for 14,731 yards and 81 touchdowns. He also rushed for 387 yards and two touchdowns earning him five Pro Bowl honors.

Just in 2005, Smith Sr. was the NFL's leader in receiving touchdowns, yards and receptions leading him to win Comeback Player of the Year. Known for taunting players with his "Ice up, son" motto, Smith is the Panthers' all-time leader in touchdowns, receptions and receiving yard. In 2016 when he retired, the then 37-year old ranked 7th on the NFL's all-time list in all-purpose yards, 7th in receiving yards, 12th in receptions and 25th in touchdown receptions. 

Jamal Lewis

Picked fifth overall in the 2000 NFL Draft, Lewis spent seven seasons with the Ravens. Over his nine-year career, the Super Bowl XXXV champion appeared in 131 games rushing for 10,607 yards and 58 touchdowns. 

A combination of unstoppable speed and power, Lewis had his best career year in 2003 where he set the all-time record for rushing yards in one game and went on to win AP Offensive Player of the Year. 

Marshal Yanda

Drafted by the Ravens in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft, Yanda has emerged as one of the best offensive linemen in the league. Over the last 12 years, he's won a Super Bowl, is a six-time Pro Bowler, two-time First-Team All-Pro and has started 135 of 146 games. 

During the 2014, '15 and '16 seasons, Yanda was named a top-ranked guard by Pro Football Focus and was ranked 37th in the NFL's Top 100 Players of 2016. While he missed the 2017 season with a broken ankle, the 33-year old is making a strong case for one of the best to ever do it. 

Haloti Ngata

The Ravens' first-round pick in 2006, Ngata spent nine seasons with the Ravens where he started 133/135 games and was named to five Pro Bowl rosters. While in the purple and black, he put up 25.5 sacks, 282 tackles, 167 assists and five interceptions for 84 yards. The defensive tackle also had six forced fumbles and five fumbles recovered for 28 yards and one touchdown. 

Ngata was undoubtedly a fan favorite during his time with the Ravens and continues to instill fear in quarterbacks around the league. 

Justin Tucker

The once undrafted free agent has gone on to become the most accurate kicker in NFL history. 

Since making the Ravens' 53-man roster back in 2012, Tucker has made 90.2 percent of his field goal attempts, is 59 of 65 from 40-49 yards and 33 of 47 from 50+ yards. His longest in career history is 61-yards. Tucker has also made 100 percent of the Ravens' extra point attempts. 

In 2016, JT became the ninth kicker in NFL history to kick three 50+ field goals in a single game and is the first kicker in NFL history to kick a field goal from 20-, 30-, 40-, 50- and 60-yards in a single game. 

On top of being a two-time Pro Bowler, he is the fastest kicker in NFL history to make 100 field goals and to reach the 500-point milestone.


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'No words will repair the damage that has been done': Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donates $1 million to fund Baltimore-area social justice reform

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'No words will repair the damage that has been done': Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donates $1 million to fund Baltimore-area social justice reform

Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti and the team announced a commitment of $1 million to Baltimore-area programs. 

Bisciotti, through The Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation and the Ravens, combined to donate the money after a group of former and current Ravens decide which local organizations should receive the money.

“There is nothing I can say to ease the pain felt by African-American communities across our country,” Bisciotti said in a statement from the organization. “No words will repair the damage that has been done.”

The decision came on the heels of another murder of an African-American man, George Floyd, by police in Minnesota. 

“Like many people, I am sickened, disheartened and shaken by the acts of racism that continue to overwhelm our society,” Bisciotti continued. “The most recent killing, involving George Floyd, is yet another tragic example of the discrimination that African-Americans face each day.”

The team did not announce who is on the committee of players to determine where the funds should be allocated. 

“Now, more than ever, we must all strengthen our pursuit of positive change, as we stand with peaceful protestors around the country,” Bisciotti said. “We must all seek to understand by listening better and learning more. We must all discover new ways to unite. We must all work to break the cycle of systematic racial injustice.”


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Lamar Jackson tweets photo of George Floyd in Ray Lewis jersey

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Lamar Jackson tweets photo of George Floyd in Ray Lewis jersey

Lamar Jackson posted a photo on Twitter Monday of George Floyd wearing a Baltimore Ravens' Ray Lewis jersey. Floyd's death while in police custody has sparked several protests across the country,

"#Rip #BigGeorgeFloyd #FloydFlock," Jackson wrote.

The reigning NFL MVP is one of many college and pro athletes to share their support for Floyd and demand for change regarding police brutality, a group including LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Bradley Beal and Richard Sherman.

On May 25, videos emerged of police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the back of Floyd's neck for over eight minutes while making an arrest. Floyd, who was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill at a deli in Powderhorn, Minneapolis, died later that day.

Chauvin and the three other officers involved in the incident were fired, and Chauvin was later arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.