Everything old is new again at stadium Former Terp Webster helps start a tradition


July 28, 1996|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Ravens defensive tackle Larry Webster has been here before, but yesterday's visit to Memorial Stadium seemed brand-new to him.

Webster, who played at the University of Maryland, has worn three different uniforms at Memorial Stadium. While with the Terps, Webster squared off against Penn State and Clemson here. Then he played here for the Dolphins four years ago, when Baltimore, during its quest for an expansion team, played host to an exhibition game between Miami and New Orleans.

"Everything is new. New team, new turf, and it's time for us to start a new tradition," Webster said. "The fans made us feel real good today."

No curfew (for one night)

After practicing lightly at Western Maryland College yesterday morning, the players wore pads at Memorial Stadium, then were given the night off by coach Ted Marchibroda. It's their first night without a curfew since camp began nearly two weeks ago. The players will not practice until 2: 40 p.m. today at Western Maryland.

"They deserve it," said Ozzie Newsome, the vice president of player personnel. "Camp becomes a grind after a while. Getting away from that whole atmosphere for a couple of minutes is good for you."

Wide receiver Michael Jackson said he was looking forward to a long night of sleep.

"I've got to get some rest. Regardless of it being a night on or a night off, I'm pretty tired," Jackson said.

Extra points

Owner Art Modell laughed with team officials on the field throughout practice and acknowledged fans who yelled his name. Near the end of the workout, he sat on the team bench, looking a little tired but completely content. "This makes me feel like a kid again," he said. "It's a culmination of a long journey.

This is very rewarding. Now, it's our job to reward their patience for 13 years." . . . As of yesterday, about 1,000 Ravens season tickets remain. Only 2,600 tickets remain for the Aug. 3 exhibition opener against Philadelphia. Only 1,900 remain for the Aug. 17 preseason game against Green Bay.

Pub Date: 7/28/96

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