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Each Ravens player prepares for the first whistle his own way
Each Ravens player prepares for the first whistle his own way

It's Sunday morning, not quite 8. Sunlight is peeking through the blinds in the Hyatt Regency Hotel room on Light Street where offensive lineman Marshal Yanda stays before every Ravens home game. His eyes are open. He might try to fall back to sleep, but the nervous energy pulsing through his body will make it tough. It's game day. Kickoff is in five hours. The countdown inside his head has begun. The emotions of game day are different for every NFL player. Some Ravens toss and turn in the hours before they wake, their bodies unable to relax. Others need to be dragged from bed, their muscles yearning for every last second of recovery time before they get punished once again. Some...

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