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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | December 13, 1996
Let's ride with Ravens special teams ace Bennie Thompson through some of his greatest hits and trash-talking moments of the 1996 season.Please buckle up:On Oct. 27, Thompson tackled Rams rookie wide receiver Eddie Kennison on the right sideline, and while Kennison lay motionless in pain for about 15 seconds, Thompson taunted him: "I told him to get his [butt] up, this was no time to lay down on the job. I told him he was stealing from the team, to give back some of that huge signing bonus.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | August 22, 2000
Looking trim - and rested - defensive tackle Tony Siragusa yesterday reclaimed his role as run-stopper and No. 1 agitator in the Ravens' defensive line. "We got a bigger mouth in the huddle than anybody else," said defensive end Rob Burnett, "so nobody is going to get a word in." On the day Siragusa ended his four-week holdout by signing a two-year contract extension, his teammates welcomed him in the style to which he is accustomed. If the "Goose" is back, the barbs will fly. What did Siragusa say to his teammates upon his return?
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | May 7, 1996
On Feb. 5, 1995, Tangie Thompson, her 3-year-old son, Devyn, and her fiance, Andre White, were murdered in New Orleans, their bodies riddled with 14 shots from a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol.Bennie Thompson of the Cleveland Browns was left to mourn the deaths of his child and ex-wife in his hometown -- and to be a prime suspect in their killings."There were and still are no words," said Thompson, 33. "Devastated would not begin to tell how I felt. How could anyone shoot a 3-year-old eight times?
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By Gary Lambrecht | December 19, 1999
Saints' return men vs. Ravens' Bennie ThompsonThe New Orleans Saints are the fourth-worst scoring team in the NFL, which means they probably will need excellent field position to make a dent in one of the league's top defenses today.That's where Ravens special teams standout Bennie Thompson comes in.As one of the keys in the Ravens' kickoff and punt coverage units, Thompson will have his sights set on two targets -- kick return man Dino Philyaw and punt returner Eddie Kennison.Philyaw, a third-year player out of Oregon who stands 5 feet 10 and weighs 205 pounds, ranks sixth in the NFC with a 23.7-yard kick return average on 36 kickoffs.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | March 24, 1999
Thirty-four Ravens players began the 16-week off-season training program yesterday, and new strength coach Jeff Friday expects a solid core of 40 to 45 to get involved soon, but veteran safety and Pro Bowl special teams player Bennie Thompson was irritated by the low number of high-salaried players who are participating.Thompson, 36, a nine-year veteran, would not single out individuals, but players such as middle linebacker Ray Lewis, offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, defensive tackle Tony Siragusa and cornerback Rod Woodson have made only token appearances at the conditioning sessions in the past.
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By Gary Lambrecht | August 14, 1997
Highlight: Minutes after he was burned for a touchdown by rookie free-agent receiver Shawn Ward, cornerback DeRon Jenkins rebounded by stepping in front of James Roe for an interception to complete an up-and-down showing in goal-line defense drills.Best hit: During special teams drills at the end of practice, Bam Morris went looking for someone to block as the lead back on the kick return unit. Morris found Bennie Thompson, who used his shoulder to deposit Morris on the turf.Schedule: The Ravens resume their normal practice routine with a 1: 30 p.m. workout at their Owings Mills facility today.
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By Gary Lambrecht | December 19, 1999
Saints' return men vs. Ravens' Bennie ThompsonThe New Orleans Saints are the fourth-worst scoring team in the NFL, which means they probably will need excellent field position to make a dent in one of the league's top defenses today.That's where Ravens special teams standout Bennie Thompson comes in.As one of the keys in the Ravens' kickoff and punt coverage units, Thompson will have his sights set on two targets -- kick return man Dino Philyaw and punt returner Eddie Kennison.Philyaw, a third-year player out of Oregon who stands 5 feet 10 and weighs 205 pounds, ranks sixth in the NFC with a 23.7-yard kick return average on 36 kickoffs.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | August 22, 2000
Looking trim - and rested - defensive tackle Tony Siragusa yesterday reclaimed his role as run-stopper and No. 1 agitator in the Ravens' defensive line. "We got a bigger mouth in the huddle than anybody else," said defensive end Rob Burnett, "so nobody is going to get a word in." On the day Siragusa ended his four-week holdout by signing a two-year contract extension, his teammates welcomed him in the style to which he is accustomed. If the "Goose" is back, the barbs will fly. What did Siragusa say to his teammates upon his return?
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Gary Lambrecht contributed to this article | November 15, 1996
The Ravens' offensive line, one of the best in pro football, will meet one of the best defensive lines in the NFL Sunday when the Ravens play San Francisco.The 49ers start Bryant Young and Dana Stubblefield at the tackles, and Roy Barker and Chris Doleman at the ends.San Francisco allows only 88.2 yards rushing per game. Barker and Young each have eight sacks. Doleman has five.Meanwhile, the Ravens' offensive line has fueled an offense rated No. 3 in the league, second in passing offense.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | September 12, 1996
The Ravens signed rookie cornerback Dante Dowers to the developmental squad yesterday, the first player named to the team this season.Because of salary-cap concerns, the Ravens did not have a practice squad, but the money for Dowers' $49,500 contract became available Sept. 4 when the team waived and reached an injury settlement contract with reserve offensive tackle Jed DeVries for $61,000.DeVries was scheduled to make $172,000 this season, but the salary was lowered to $92,000 when he was put on injured reserve with shoulder and neck injuries.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | March 24, 1999
Thirty-four Ravens players began the 16-week off-season training program yesterday, and new strength coach Jeff Friday expects a solid core of 40 to 45 to get involved soon, but veteran safety and Pro Bowl special teams player Bennie Thompson was irritated by the low number of high-salaried players who are participating.Thompson, 36, a nine-year veteran, would not single out individuals, but players such as middle linebacker Ray Lewis, offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, defensive tackle Tony Siragusa and cornerback Rod Woodson have made only token appearances at the conditioning sessions in the past.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | February 25, 1998
As several NFL teams continued to court cornerback Antonio Langham and special teams player Bennie Thompson -- two of the Ravens' unrestricted free agents -- the club yesterday was preparing to release veteran left guard Leo Goeas.An announcement could come within the next few days, according to Goeas' agent, Mark Bartelstein.The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Goeas was signed to a three-year, $2 million contract last March. He started seven of 11 games for the Ravens (six at left guard, one at center)
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By Gary Lambrecht | August 14, 1997
Highlight: Minutes after he was burned for a touchdown by rookie free-agent receiver Shawn Ward, cornerback DeRon Jenkins rebounded by stepping in front of James Roe for an interception to complete an up-and-down showing in goal-line defense drills.Best hit: During special teams drills at the end of practice, Bam Morris went looking for someone to block as the lead back on the kick return unit. Morris found Bennie Thompson, who used his shoulder to deposit Morris on the turf.Schedule: The Ravens resume their normal practice routine with a 1: 30 p.m. workout at their Owings Mills facility today.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | December 13, 1996
Let's ride with Ravens special teams ace Bennie Thompson through some of his greatest hits and trash-talking moments of the 1996 season.Please buckle up:On Oct. 27, Thompson tackled Rams rookie wide receiver Eddie Kennison on the right sideline, and while Kennison lay motionless in pain for about 15 seconds, Thompson taunted him: "I told him to get his [butt] up, this was no time to lay down on the job. I told him he was stealing from the team, to give back some of that huge signing bonus.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Gary Lambrecht contributed to this article | November 15, 1996
The Ravens' offensive line, one of the best in pro football, will meet one of the best defensive lines in the NFL Sunday when the Ravens play San Francisco.The 49ers start Bryant Young and Dana Stubblefield at the tackles, and Roy Barker and Chris Doleman at the ends.San Francisco allows only 88.2 yards rushing per game. Barker and Young each have eight sacks. Doleman has five.Meanwhile, the Ravens' offensive line has fueled an offense rated No. 3 in the league, second in passing offense.
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By Peter Zellen and Peter Zellen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 11, 1996
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As players from both teams milled around at midfield following the Jaguars' 30-27 comeback victory over the Ravens, two of the more sociable were wide receivers Andre Rison and Keenan McCardell. Rison was even seen hugging Ravens safety Stevon Moore.But all was not so pleasant during the game.Both Rison and McCardell played for the Cleveland Browns last year before the franchise moved to Baltimore, and now the two receivers sprint downfield for Jacksonville. So for four quarters, they put up with taunts and hard hits.
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By Peter Zellen and Peter Zellen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 11, 1996
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As players from both teams milled around at midfield following the Jaguars' 30-27 comeback victory over the Ravens, two of the more sociable were wide receivers Andre Rison and Keenan McCardell. Rison was even seen hugging Ravens safety Stevon Moore.But all was not so pleasant during the game.Both Rison and McCardell played for the Cleveland Browns last year before the franchise moved to Baltimore, and now the two receivers sprint downfield for Jacksonville. So for four quarters, they put up with taunts and hard hits.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | November 11, 1996
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ravens safety Bennie Thompson is not the type of player who needs extra motivation on game day, but that's precisely what he received when he picked up a copy of the local sports section yesterday.Thompson's breakfast did not go down smoothly, not after he read comments by Jacksonville wide receiver Andre Rison -- a teammate of Thompson's in Cleveland last year -- in the Florida Times-Union. Rison, whom the Ravens released shortly before training camp, took some shots at his former teammates.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | November 11, 1996
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ravens safety Bennie Thompson is not the type of player who needs extra motivation on game day, but that's precisely what he received when he picked up a copy of the local sports section yesterday.Thompson's breakfast did not go down smoothly, not after he read comments by Jacksonville wide receiver Andre Rison -- a teammate of Thompson's in Cleveland last year -- in the Florida Times-Union. Rison, whom the Ravens released shortly before training camp, took some shots at his former teammates.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | September 15, 1996
HOUSTON -- It's only the third week of the NFL season and the Ravens are using such phrases as "character building" and "gut check."The Ravens' game against the Houston Oilers at the Astrodome today could have playoff ramifications, and definitely postseason intensity.The Oilers are 1-1, an inexperienced team looking for a second consecutive win and more confidence. The Ravens (1-1) had their psyche hurt last week when they were pummeled by the defending AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-17.
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