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Emerging Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan returns home to face Jaguars

Emerging Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan returns home to face Jaguars

The game was called "Throw 'em up, bust 'em up," and Timmy Jernigan believed it was as close as he was going to get to organized football. All it required was a ball and a small patch of grass in the Jacksonville, Fla., apartment complex where Jernigan lived.

The concept was simple. A ball was thrown into the air, and the participants tried to tackle whoever dared to catch it. Without a helmet, cleats or pads, this was how Jernigan got his football fix.

"There was no football," Jernigan said. "We just didn't have the money, so that's how I learned to play."

The matchup Sunday against the winless Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field carries...

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