Ravens receivers headline Michael Campanaro's Toys for Tots drive in Ellicott City

Jon Meoli
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Michael Campanaro, Breshad Perriman, Chris Givens signed autographs at an Ellicott City Toys for Tots event.

A pair of Ravens wide receivers who have seen their impact limited by injury on the field this season made their presence felt off it Friday night in Ellicott City at Michael Campanaro’s second annual Toys for Tots drive.
 
Campanaro, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a back injury after the Week 4 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, and first-round pick Breshad Perriman, who hasn’t played all season after suffering a sprained PCL on the opening day of training camp, were joined by wide receiver Chris Givens.
 
The trio signed autographs for the hundreds of fans who brought food and toys to Howard High School for the drive, which benefits the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. They collected 500 toys and three large boxes of food, double what they collected last year.
 
“Being a local guy, it means that much more, being able to do events like this in the area I grew up in,” Campanaro, who is from River Hilll, said. “It’s just a great time of the year to be doing things like this.”
 
Perriman, too, said he was honored that Campanaro invited him out for the event. His injury has kept him out of the public eye, and he said it’s not often that he gets to interact with the Ravens fans who so badly clamor for him to take the field.
 
“It’s just good giving back to the community, really,” Perriman said. “I’ve been blessed so it’s important that I be of service. … I’m so glad Mike gave me the opportunity to come to his event. I’ve kind of been looking for something in the community, and he gave me a chance, so it’s been good.”
 
Perriman, selected 26th overall in this year’s NFL Draft, said he wouldn’t talk about his injury, though he did allow a bit of a glimpse at how he’s handling it.
 
“It’s been a little frustrating, but I’ll get over it,” Perriman said. “I’ll be fine.”
 
Coach John Harbaugh said this week he hopes to have Perriman on the field for four games this season to get a look at him and get him some game experience as a rookie.
 
Campanaro, however, has no such prospects on season-ending injured reserve, but he’s not letting it get him down, either.
 
“I’m just staying positive, keeping my head in it, supporting the team,” Campanaro said. “You’ve just got to stay positive in times like this. Going on IR is boring. It’s not fun. Right when I was getting out there and starting to make some plays, a tough break comes along. I’m just staying positive, talking to a lot of the older guys and veterans who keep me positive. It is frustrating, for sure.”

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