After decades of transforming the game of football both on and off the field, former Colt John Mackey was left with few retirement benefits, a dementia diagnosis and mounting bills. Today, his widow is fighting for NFL pension reform in his memory.
Alex Smith, a starting short-stick defensive midfielder for the No. 3 Terps, has played in all 10 games this spring, and his father has attended all but one because of a little something called Super Bowl LIII.
Ray Rice's arrest five years ago represented a line of demarcation in the way the NFL and the Ravens understood and confronted intimate partner violence. Though much has changed in the time since, the league still faces difficult questions about its place in a national epidemic.
These are unsettled times for the NFL as the Ravens prepare to host the Buffalo Bills in their season opener. The climate around the league is politically charged, with fans from the right and the left saying they're no longer comfortable loving professional football.
Otherwise tight-lipped during his 15-minute news conference, John Harbaugh confirmed that the team is in contract talks with its top three pending unrestricted free agents: fullback Kyle Juszczyk, right tackle Rick Wagner and nose tackle Brandon Williams.
Domonique Foxworth is a former NFL cornerback and a Harvard Business School graduate, and often it seems as if he wants to be recognized as neither. Sometimes he will appear on an ESPN show and be asked to talk about important matters and not want to come across as too highbrow. Other times, he'll be discussing football and remind himself that he was neither a star nor a Super Bowl champion, so he cannot talk in clichés and expect people to care.
The Blast allowed three straight goals spanning the end of the third quarter and early in the fourth in a 7-4 loss to the host Harrisburg Heat on Friday night in a Major Arena Soccer League Eastern Division game.
Mourners started stepping out of a hot Florida afternoon and into the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church just after noon Saturday. For the next hour, they kept filing in, intent on honoring late Ravens cornerback Tray Walker.
Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe has missed nearly half the team's games over the past two seasons, battling knee and ankle injuries in 2014, the concussion he sustained in the opening game of 2015 and the shoulder injury that ended his season.
Through the first two days of free agency, tight end Ben Watson, who is coming off a career-best season with 74 catches for 825 yards and six touchdowns for the New Orleans Saints, has been the Ravens' only free-agent addition.