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(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer Torrey Smith overcame a variety of obstacles to become the deep threat the Baltimore Ravens needed to make it to the Super Bowl.
Smith helped his single mother raise her six other children by working after school as a teenager. Early this season, his second with the Ravens, tragedy struck less than 24 hours before Baltimore faced New England on Sept. 23: Smith's younger brother, Tevin Jones, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Virginia.
Smith left the team to join his family, then returned to catch six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns in Baltimore's 31-30 victory.
Now Smith and the Ravens will play for the NFL championship against San Francisco this Sunday.
Smith has put his brother's death behind him, saying, ''I'm just focused on playing football.''
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Each year during the feeding frenzy that is the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, there are always a character or two from each team that provides a few moments of bizarre behavior and/or comedy.
The runaway winner this year thus far is Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard.
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RAVEN FOR DESERT
Torrey Smoth has had a pretty incredible past week. First he celebrated his 24th birthday with a very lifelike cake of himself, and this coming Sunday he will be playing in Super Bowl XLVII. Torrey tweeted out a picture of his birthday cake, and I’d imagine it took quite a while for someone to bake that thing. My birthday cake….COLD!!!!! instagr.am/p/U-iiADE-Re/ — Torrey Smith...
Ravens QB Joe Flacco is glad he's in the Super Bowl this year and not the next when the game will be played in New Jersey. Flacco misspoke when saying at his news conference that a cold-weather Super Bowl was 'retarded'.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker/special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo already has his plans prepared for Super Bowl week. No, he’s not going to be visiting the finest restaurants and nightclubs in New Orleans. Ayanbadejo is planning to use the media blitz at the Super Bowl as an opportunity to express his views on gay rights and anti-bullying. Ayanbadejo is biracial and grew up in a...
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed seems to still be holding out hope that his teammate, linebacker Ray Lewis won’t retire after this week’s Super Bowl. “Maybe he’ll play 10 games next year,” said Reed, per NFL.com. Lewis has already made it clear that he’s not pulling a Brett Favre. Once he says he’s done, he’s done. Even though Reed has already made it clear he’ll...
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith celebrated his 24th birthday recently with a cake of himself. The cake featured a Ravens helmet and jersey.
You can see it below.
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard believes the future of the NFL is in question because of the safety factor. See what he's worried about.
(Updates. With AP Photos.) By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer When it comes to running the Baltimore Ravens defense, Dean Pees has no regard for history, tradition or statistics.
Pees doesn't give a hoot about following in a long line of brilliant defensive coordinators such as Marvin Lewis, Rex Ryan, Mike Nolan and Chuck Pagano - all of whom used their work in Baltimore to...
Saturday Night Live decided to spoof Super Bowl bound Baltimore Ravens legend Ray Lewis.Keenan Thompson took on the duties in the “Weekend Update with Seth Meyers segment. Keenan donned Lewis’ trade mark skully and thick eye black plus found a way to get Lewis’ famous squirrel dance in.
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The Super Bowl is, at its core, a party. It is the NFL's celebration of itself and its awesomeness. And like any party, there are certain unwritten rules of etiquette. There are things you just do not talk about -- and safety is one of them.
So when an interview in which President Obama said that, if he had a son he'd "have to think long and hard" about letting...
As you may have heard, Barack Obama made some significant comments about football safety over the weekend that’s gotten a ton of publicity in the media. Here’s what Obama told the New Republic:
I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football. And I think that those of us who love the sport are...
We mentioned over this past weekend that ESPN’s John Clayton believes Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco may get $20 million per season with his next contract.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen agrees with Clayton that Flacco getting $20 million per season ” is not unreachable.”
I think if the Ravens win Sunday’s Super Bowl, Flacco deserves to get paid $20 million per season...
The teams and media are beginning to assemble in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. There is plenty of national coverage on the game. But we feel the best way to learn about the two teams is through the work of the local media covering each club.
Rapid Eye Media writers and staff give you their predictions on Super Bowl xlvi between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. The Ravens dominate the women picks while most of the guys are picking the Niners. Will Joe Flacco be the worst quarterback to win a Super Bowl since fellow Raven Trent Dilfer? [...]