When you watch Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, it’s easy to be mesmerized by his video-game cuts or his uncanny tendency to deliver sensational plays immediately after he’s made mistakes. Maybe it's just as important that Jackson is a nice person.
When the Ravens clinched their first playoff berth in four years, the game ball went to an understated 62-year-old who's about to leave his job of 23 years. That man, Ozzie Newsome, is widely admired as the chief architect of the organization.
Loyalty, a competitive spirit and a calm demeanor were some of the character traits that current and former Johns Hopkins football players admired in late head coach Jim Margraff. Oh, and a knack for coining slogans.
Only 11 players remain from the last Ravens team that made the playoffs in 2014. Those survivors are counseling younger teammates to cherish the opportunity as they prepare to play the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Jim Margraff, the all-time winningest coach in Johns Hopkins football history,died Wednesday at age 58. “He was more Man of the Year than Coach of the Year,” Blue Jays men's lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala said. “He really was a very special man.”
Josh Rutter came back to Francis Scott Key High School, his alma mater, as the varsity football coach with expectations to restore a competitive nature to the program. His decision to step down after this fall was not easy.
With the Ravens trying to rewrite recent history and several signature players facing their possible last games in Baltimore, it's natural to look backward going into Sunday's season finale. But the Ravens and Browns will also offer a compelling glimpse at the AFC North's future.
Ethon Williams caught 66 passes this fall for 992 yards as he led the No. 9 Bruins to a perfect regular season and the Anne Arundel County championship, setting the state record for most career touchdown receptions.
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker said the footballs used for kicking plays in Saturday night's game at the Los Angeles Chargers were "just different than what we’re used to experiencing on your typical NFL Sunday.”
The Ravens will play for the AFC North title Sunday, but they find themselves in the odd position of wooing their own fans back to M&T Bank Stadium. Home games have been sold out this year, but the stands have not generally been full, and the team is searching for ways to excite its audience.
Former Maryland assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, who coached cornerbacks and safeties during his three seasons in College Park, will be going to Massachusetts as defensive coordinator under former Terps and Florida State offensive coordinator Walt Bell.
George Kendrick, the “unofficial mayor” of Arbutus, died of natural causes on Dec. 22, according to his family. He was 96 and living at The Neighborhoods at St. Elizabeth Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, receiving hospice care from Gilchrist.
Hakeem Butler, a redshirt junior receiver at Iowa State, ranks second in the Football Bowl Subdivision with a 22.1 yards-per-catch average, and his 6-foot-6, 219-pound frame has attracted attention from NFL draft experts.