About 1,000 people ran, jogged or walked to support the Brigance Brigade Foundation. Former Baltimore Raven O.J. Brigance hosts the annual fundraiser, which raises money for grants to families of people with Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Maybe no player in Ravens history symbolized the toughness of the organization more than former defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who announced his retirement Monday after 13 seasons in the NFL, including nine in Baltimore.
It's at least conceivable Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs will play his last home game in Baltimore on Sunday. But with a seventh Pro Bowl season under his belt, Suggs says he doesn't feel the end drawing near.
Lions lineman Haloti Ngata might assist his former team in another victory. The former Raven All-Pro defensive tackle has a torn biceps and won’t dress when the Ravens play his Detroit Lions teammates Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.
As the Ravens start their camp, they do so with a desire to build a smoother path through the playoffs by winning a division title to earn at least one home playoff game. Their bigger goal is earning home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with the top record in the AFC.
The Ravens have hired retired linebacker Jarret Johnson and retired cornerback Duane Starks, a starter on their Super Bowl XXXV championship team who scored a touchdown against the New York Giants in that win, as scouting interns for camp.
Free agency will start in a little over a month, but two things have become apparent: it's going to be tough for the Ravens to upgrade at center and the Ravens are in line to lose several defensive free agents.