Ravens roll call

August 29, 1996

Bennie Thompson

Pos.: Safety

Height: 6-0

Weight: 214

Age: 33

College: Grambling

Year: 7th year

How acquired: Signed with Browns as a free agent on July 19, 1994.

Highlights: Tied for team lead with 21 tackles for the Browns' 1994 top-ranked special teams units and named as first alternate to the Pro Bowl. Suffered broken wrist and dislocated elbow in '95, and played last half of season with a cast. Won the Ed Block Courage Award. Voted to '91 Pro Bowl with New Orleans.

Personal: Two-year starter at Grambling. Team captain and MVP as a senior, getting seven interceptions and a team-high 133 tackles. Suffered tragedy in February 1995 when his ex-wife, Tangie, 29, and 3-year-old son, Devyn, were murdered in a robbery attempt.

Jerrol Williams

Pos.: Linebacker

Height: 6-4

Weight: 245

Age: 29

College: Purdue

Year: 7th

How acquired: Signed as a free agent, July 19, 1996.

Highlights: Played in 64 consecutive games for the Steelers in first four seasons, but hasn't played professional football since 1994 with Kansas City. Had 18 tackles in six games with San Diego in '93 before being hurt. Career-high 96 tackles in '92 with Steelers. Led Steelers with career-high nine sacks in '91.

Personal: Graduated from Purdue with 276 career tackles and 12.5 sacks. Two-year starter at Purdue with more than 100 tackles in last two seasons. Played for Boilermakers basketball team as a freshman. Married to Samatra and they have a son, Jerrol Jr.

Pub Date: 8/29/96

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