On February 2, 2013, Johnathan Ogden became the first ever Baltimore Raven draftee inducted in the NFL Hall of Fame. He is the first true Baltimore Raven to be enshrined. He is also the first ever draft pick by the team.
Of course, the team would love to take credit for Deion Sanders, Rod Woodson, and Shannon Sharpe, who are enshrined. But, those three had illustrious careers for other teams as well as Baltimore.
One year from now, presumably, Ray Lewis, Baltimore’s second draftee, will be joining Ogden and the rest in Football Immortality.
Ed Reed will be eligible in 2019, and although he’s likely to be a first-ballot HOF-er, he could end up waiting a year or two based on how safeties are treated in HOF voting.
That makes three home-grown Raven HOF-ers since the team’s inception in 1996. That’s impressive, but Ogden, Lewis, and Reed were all drafted within the Ravens’ first six drafts.
Are there any current homegrown Ravens with Hall of Fame potential?
As of right now, there is only one real answer: Terrell Suggs.
Suggs was drafted no. 10 in the 2003 draft and has lived up to the pedigree. He has 764 tackles, 114.5 sacks, 30 forced fumbles, 12 fumble recoveries, and 7 interceptions over 13 seasons. He was injured for 15.5 games in the 2015 season, registering no stats. In the post season he also adds another 12.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 2 recoveries, and a pick.
Add in Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, and Super Bowl winner in 2012, and Suggs makes a strong case for Canton.
As of now, I believe Suggs will eventually get in. But, if he can continue to put up numbers like he has this past season (8 sacks, 3 FF) for a few years and add another Super Bowl ring to his resume, he will no doubt be enshrined sooner rather than later.
Now, with the most obvious answer out of the way, who else is in the conversation?
The most controversial Raven is Joe Flacco.
Through nine seasons, he’s built up slightly-above-average stats (32,639 yards, 182 passing touchdowns, 15 rushing touchdowns). His play during the regular season is spotty, sometimes looking like a league MVP, then the next week looking like a Browns QB. But, all stats and spotty play aside, he has built a reputation in the NFL for winning games.
He currently has the 9th most regular season wins (83), and the 3rd most post season wins (10) of any current QB. Also, he has the most road post season wins (8) of any QB in NFL history.
Flacco produced arguably the most impressive post season performance in NFL history en route to a Super Bowl MVP award. He’s only 32 years old, and quarterbacks are playing longer and longer in the NFL these days.
Baltimore is on track to returning to the post season sooner, rather than later, and Flacco has proven he can heat up in January/February. He’s only gotten better as the years have gone by in the playoffs. Add another Super Bowl MVP to his resume, and he could serve a decent argument to become enshrined in Canton one day.
As for other Ravens, every fan in Baltimore would love to see Marshal Yanda in Canton. He’s the ultimate team player and hard worker. Keep playing to the standard he’s played the past decade and it would be hard to keep him out forever.
C.J. Mosley is young, but showed brilliance before his hamstring injury in the middle of this season. It is far too early to tell, but his career is trending upward.
If Baltimore doesn’t have another home grown Raven on its roster right now that will end up in Canton, it will surely be a surprise.
Ravens’ Alex Collins Arrested
Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins was arrested early on Friday morning following a car crash about a mile from the Ravens’ team facility, according to a report from the Baltimore Sun.
Per the report: Officers responded to a report of a car that had crashed into a tree on the 10000 block of Dolfield Road at about 6:48 a.m. Friday morning, Baltimore County police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach said.
Collins, 24, was arrested, however charges were not made public at the time of this writing.
Ravens vice president of public relations Chad Steele told The Baltimore Sun that the team has spoken with law enforcement and is aware of the situation involving Collins.
Collins is coming off a down year with Baltimore after a breakout campaign in 2017. Collins managed only 411 yards rushing in 2018 and was placed on injured reserve back in December, ending his season early.
Ray Rice Says He Is Done With Football
Former NFL running back Ray Rice, who had been working to try and get a second chance in the NFL over the past couple of years, is no longer pursuing a comeback.
“I’ll be the first one to say it; I don’t have to retire to tell you I’m done with football” Rice said, during an interview on CBS This Morning.
“The pressure I was under of being a star, that was the person I hated the most.”
Rice was suspended indefinitely back in 2014 when a video surfaces showing Rice punching his then-fiancee, now wife, Janay Rice while the two were alone in an elevator.
Rice was never picked up by another team following the conclusion of his suspension, and his release from the Baltimore Ravens.
Rice said that he sees “similarities” between his situation and the one of former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, who was recently cut loose by the team when a video surfaced showing him pushing and kicking a woman in a hallway.
“Somewhere down the line everybody who’s sayin’, ‘Does he deserve a second chance for football?’ And this that and the other— I actually got my second chance” Rice said of Hunt, who cleared waivers and is now a free agent.
“During my darkest moments, and I used to ask myself, ‘How could she even be—want to support me?’ … That’s understandable. But I think what’s misunderstood about us is that the friends we were before the incident. That’s why, like I said, when I look at Kareem Hunt, I wanna know what his life was like. I want to know what happened in life. I know Kareem has apologized, and has expressed remorse for survivors of domestic violence.”
Ravens Trying To Entice Fans With Lower Concession Prices
The Baltimore Ravens are attempting to win back fans and their latest plan is making a big step toward doing just that as the team announced on Tuesday that they will reduce concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium in 2018.
The Ravens have been on a mission to bring back fans who were angered by some players’ national anthem protests coupled with their 3-year playoff drought.
A series of moves have demonstrated their efforts. The team invited fans to ask questions at a media pre-draft news conference held a question-and-answer session with fans at the team facility with owner Steve Bisciotti, coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome, and also have had team president Dick Cass meet and talk to fan clubs.
While the team has sold out every game during their 20-year history at M&T Bank Stadium, empty seats grew in numbers as the 2017 season wore on, and the no-shows are very obvious.
The organization is taking this initiative very seriously.
“It’s something I would really like to take a hard look at, and at least, come up with select items that we can do,” Bisciotti said back in February of this year.
“If it means us … I can’t make Aramark do that with me, but I can make them go along as long as it’s my share of the profits that I’m waiving. Yeah, I’d like to take a look at that. I think we could probably do that.”
There is an official news conference scheduled for Thursday where the Ravens will officially announce price reductions on concessions.
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