Three years after he was one of the stars in the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII victory, Anquan Boldin picked up a huge personal honor during the NFL's championship weekend. Boldin, a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, was named the 2015 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. The announcement was made during the NFL Honors primetime awards show on the eve of the Super Bowl.
On the evening of Feb. 3, 2013, the Ravens and San Francisco 49ers met to decide NFL supremacy. On Sunday afternoon, the two teams play again, hoping to stave off 2015 irrelevance. Staying on the NFL mountaintop has proven difficult for both organizations since Super Bowl XLVII. Retirements, free-agent departures and injuries have whittled away talented and deep rosters. There have been off-field issues and on-field deficiencies. After engaging in a classic shootout on the sports' biggest stage,
The only time reporters typically want to speak with offensive linemen is when things are going bad, like last season when the Ravens had one of the worse running games in the NFL. Times have changed. The Ravens rank in the top 10 in the league in total offense this year.
When NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent huddled recently with retired players about player conduct issues, former Ravens kicker Matt Stover was among the voices they sought out.
Jeremy Zuttah's athleticism in the middle of the offensive line has been key to a much-improved Ravens offensive front that has cleared space for the running game and kept quarterback Joe Flacco untouched in Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But it's moments like that in the meeting room when Zuttah, the de-facto general of the offensive line, impresses them most.
The conditioning test that retired middle linebacker Rolando McClain was unable to complete during an unsuccessful workout for team officials Tuesday at the Ravens' training complex consists of six timed interval runs.
Former Ravens center Matt Birk, the NFL¿s Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2012 and a Super Bowl champion, will be back in the Baltimore area this Thursday for a signing for his new book, ¿All-Pro Wisdom: The 7 Choices that Lead to Greatness.¿
In a 40-plus minute news conference Tuesday at the Under Armour Performance Center, Harbaugh acknowledged that upgrading the much-maligned offensive line is an offseason priority, backed struggling running back Ray Rice and didn't completely rule out changes with his coaching staff.
For half a decade, the Ravens spoiled their faithful fans. With Joe Flacco under center and John Harbaugh wearing the head coach¿s headset, the Ravens went to the playoffs five years in a row, the only team to accomplish that feat over that span.
Ever since six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk retired in February, Gradkowski has been learning on the job and experiencing growing pains while trying to hold his own against some of the biggest, most talented defensive linemen in the NFL.
The Ravens and New England Patriots have been on a collision course since last January, when the Ravens got revenge against their conference rivals en route to the Super Bowl. High-stakes games have defined this budding rivalry.
Named to the Pro Bowl the past three seasons, Rice has rushed for just 259 yards on 97 carries this season and is on pace to finish with 519 yards. Averaging 2.7 yards per run, Rice is the second-lowest ranked running back in average per carry in the NFL.
The Gradkowski family has produced a pair of NFL players in Bruce, 30, a quarterback for the Steelers, and Gino, 24, the starting center for the Ravens. When two of the NFL's biggest rivals duke it out Sunday at Heinz Field, this Pittsburgh home will not be a house divided.
In addition to keeping up with his six kids and working for the NFL as an appeals officer on player discipline, Matt Birk has apparently become even more of a fitness nut in retirement than he was as a player.
Given ample time to digest Sunday's mistake-filled 23-20 road loss to the Buffalo Bills, a candid John Harbaugh called the offensive line "disappointing," challenged drops-prone tight end Ed Dickson to "go catch the ball," and defended the play-calling.