Snoop Dogg Plays Like A Raven



Ray Lewis Imitator Gets 'Woof-woofs' For His Efforts

August 07, 2009|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,

Rapper, record producer and sometimes actor Snoop Dogg enlivened the Ravens' morning workout at McDaniel College Thursday with an imitation of Ray Lewis in the huddle and an impromptu dance through the team's agility ladder drill.

Accompanied by four well-dressed attendants, Snoop Dogg watched practice from the sideline, then went in the huddle to break the team down with Lewis' "What time is it?" pre-game ritual.

Players responded enthusiastically with loud woofing.

"You can tell that Snoop is an entertainer," coach John Harbaugh said. "A lot of people get in an NFL huddle and we've had other people do it, and they kind of clam up a little bit. He was expanding. He knew Ray's skit inside and out."

Snoop Dogg got the breakdown litany from Lewis in a Wednesday night phone call. Lewis introduced Cordazar Calvin Broadus - Snoop Dogg's real name - to the media.

"Ray Lewis is one of the greatest linebackers to ever play the game - personal friend of mine," Snoop Dogg said. "I love his story. I love his hustle. I love his attitude, his enthusiasm, his whole get-down. It's an inspiration to see how he can inspire his whole team and just turn the level up, and how they go out there and become dogs. They're just nasty on the field. Oh, I love it."

Turns out Snoop Dogg is a serious football fan. He coaches a Pop Warner youth football team, is a devout follower of the NFL and said he can identify with the Ravens' theme, "Play like a Raven."

"Playing like a Raven is like you got a target on you at all times because people know that this defense is [talented]," he said. "The offense is getting strong. So, to me, I just feel like being a Raven is like being like Snoop Dogg - you are a target at all times."

After the huddle breakdown, Snoop was introduced to the ladder drill, used to improve footwork. He put his own stamp on the drill with a lively dance step through the ropes. It drew howls and woofs.

"I was just down there woof-woofing with everybody else," Harbaugh said. "I just tried to keep the beat."

Snoop Dogg's big rap hit is "Gin and Juice," and his debut album was "Doggy- style." His contrast with the straight-laced Harbaugh was obvious.

Asked whether he spoke with Snoop Dogg about his own favorite songs, Harbaugh said: "I don't know if he's old enough to know all of my favorite songs."

Injury update

Wide receivers Mark Clayton (left hamstring), Biren Ealy (reason unknown) and Thomas White (unknown), defensive tackles Justin Bannan (excused day off) and Lamar Divens (hip), linebacker Terrell Suggs (strained left heel) and left guard Ben Grubbs (ankle) did not practice. Left tackle Jared Gaither appeared to injure his left arm and shoulder near the end of the morning session, but Harbaugh said he had no report on him. Gaither, linebacker Tavares Gooden and wide receiver Marcus Smith did not participate in the afternoon session. Wide receiver Demetrius Williams, who sat out the morning practice because of concerns over a possible concussion, did practice in the afternoon, which involved limited contact. Cornerback Evan Oglesby (concussion) returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday. Cornerback Samari Rolle (groin and shoulder, still on the physically-unable-to-perform list) did not practice.

End zone

While Harbaugh said he doesn't expect to have Clayton until late in the preseason, he does expect Rolle to return to practice in a limited way in the next day or two. Grubbs was held out Thursday and will be out two more days to relieve tenderness in his ankle. ... Williams missed Thursday morning's practice with a slight concussion, but participated in a noncontact afternoon practice. Linebacker Tavares Gooden sat out the afternoon workout. ... Justin Harper, a seventh-round 2008 pick who spent the year on injured reserve, got behind the secondary twice in the morning, catching a long touchdown pass from John Beck on a go-route against rookie Lardarius Webb. The second time, Troy Smith missed the open Harper badly. Harper has been one of camp's pleasant surprises. ... Cornerback Domonique Foxworth made the interception of the day when he picked off Joe Flacco and scrambled down the sideline to score.

Baltimore Sun reporter Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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