Six individual alumni and the seven Dang siblings were joined by a former staff member and a community supporter as the latest to be inducted into the Edgewood High School Hall of Fame during a ceremony on the school's 2017 Commencement Day Tuesday.
It's like a fraternity, Zachary Orr is trying to explain, and in the literal sense of the word, he is correct: The Ravens' undrafted linebackers are a brotherhood, sharing practice reps, small-school pedigrees and the life lessons that have so far kept them kin.
Former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith and his wife, Chanel, will visit Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in East Baltimore Wednesday for a panel conversation on issues facing young black males in the city.
Torrey Smith, heading into his second season with the San Francisco 49ers after playing four years with the Ravens, hosted his fifth annual charity basketball game Saturday afternoon at Royal Farms Arena in downtown Baltimore. All proceeds for the event benefited the Torrey Smith Foundation, which provides for at-risk youth.
Terry Orr is the patriarch of what might be the busiest football family this fall. His oldest son, Terrance, is the wide receivers coach at DeSoto High School, a highly-touted prep team in Texas. Zachary, a backup inside linebacker for the Ravens, is entering his second NFL season. Nick is a sophomore defensive back at Texas Christian University. Their youngest son, Chris, has a chance to start at linebacker as a true freshman for the University of Wisconsin.
There seems to be a consensus among football pundits leaguewide: The Ravens, who annually lose veteran talent and replace it with young and unproven players, will again enter the season as one of the better teams in the AFC, and in good position to make the playoffs for the seventh time in head coach John Harbaugh's eight seasons.
Nick Perry, a safety, and Trey DePriest, an inside linebacker, are products of the University of Alabama, the alma mater of Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and a frequent source of Ravens defensive talent. They play positions where undrafted players frequently stick on the Ravens roster.
Over the past six months, Harbaugh has stoically moved on from the least successful year of his head-coaching career. He overhauled his coaching staff, executed a review of the organization's ways and while privately fuming, he served as a public supporter to several of his troubled players.
And former Ravens star free safety Ed Reed was a crowd favorite during cornerback Lardarius Webb's annual charity softball Sunday with 15,000 tickets sold during the first year it's been held at M&T Bank Stadium with the game at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen previously.
The 28-year-old tight end, who dealt with a career-threatening hip injury last year, admitted that it's nice to have some security for his family. However, he said that his pending free agent status and perhaps an even bigger contract took a backseat to his desire to remain with the Ravens, the team that drafted him and helped him develop into one of the better tight ends in the league.