Ed Reed left a unique mark on the Ravens and the NFL in his 12 years as a big-play safety. On Saturday, Reed could become the third homegrown Raven, after Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis, to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Besides being the greatest boxer ever, the legacy Ali leaves behind is one built on principle, character and peace. And for young African American men like me who grew up watching Ali in his prime, he taught us about racial pride and that being a leader was more than just rushing for 1,000 yards in a season or being able to score 20 points a game.
Carlton Bailey (Woodlawn) has three conference championship rings and the memory of that AFC title game in 1992, when he intercepted a pass by the Denver Broncos' John Elway and ran for a touchdown in a 10-7 victory that sent the Buffalo Bills to the Super Bowl.
So here is a little advice to coach John Harbaugh and coordinators Gary Kubiak and Dean Pees: Be imaginative, creative and unchained. In other words, as Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor once said, "go out there like a bunch of crazed dogs."
As impressive a career Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher put together in 13 seasons before retiring Wednesday, the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year acknowledged his accomplishments were trumped by legendary Ravens star Ray Lewis.
Even if Bryant McKinnie does not prove to be an upgrade over Michael Oher, his return to the Ravens and the left tackle position should make the Ravens stronger at both left guard and right tackle. Make no mistake, though, Oher will still be in the crosshairs of formidable NFL pass rushers over at right tackle.
Michael Oher could have his hands full against his former teammate Antwan Barnes when the Ravens and Chargers play Sunday. The right tackle will match up against the pass-rushing linebacker, who leads San Diego with seven sacks this season.