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Rookie lineman Gradkowski getting a crash course from Ravens center Matt Birk

Rookie lineman Gradkowski getting a crash course from Ravens center Matt Birk

Like many young men who labored through youth football leagues, high school competition and eventually the college gridiron, Gino Gradkowski had visions of reaching the pinnacle of his profession and playing in the NFL. But Gradkowski — whose dream became reality when the Ravens used the first of two fourth-round picks in April's draft to select the Delaware product — conceded that there was one facet that gave him reason to pause. "You hear the horror stories about the NFL, about the guys who tell you the wrong thing or just won't talk to you at all," the rookie center-guard said. "But it hasn't been like that at all. [Guard] Bobbie [Williams],...

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