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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | August 19, 2001
Trent Dilfer wanted no part of a feeding frenzy in Washington, a bailout season in Dallas or the annual implosion in Cincinnati. Those were all possible destinations for the deposed Ravens quarterback last spring, fresh out of his job with the Super Bowl champions. That he wound up in Seattle with the Seahawks - with a quarterbacking guru, a team on the rise and an unproven starter on the job - looks like history repeating itself. Contrary to popular belief, Dilfer could have had a job shortly after his divorce from the Ravens.
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By Andrew Bahl and The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
"It's an incredible environment, a great fan base, and there are a lot of nerves involved. " No, ex-Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer wasn't talking about a trip to Heinz Field or any of the stadiums he played in throughout his 11 year NFL career. Instead he was discussing the 25 th annual American Century Championship, a nationally televised celebrity golf tournament that Dilfer has competed in for the past decade.   While Dilfer and the other celebrities who descend on Reno-Tahoe each July may not be Tiger Woods -- although Dilfer is an excellent golfer and has seven top-10 finishes in the event -- the chance to play on a high quality course in front of a large gallery is tough to beat.
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By Mike Preston | July 7, 2001
POOR TRENT DILFER. He has gone from Super Bowl euphoria to a state of disillusionment. If you believe Dilfer, he's a new man. Bigger, faster, stronger. He can be just as successful a quarterback in the wide-open passing offenses of the St. Louis Rams and the Minnesota Vikings as he was in the run-oriented, conservative offenses of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ravens. That's if you want to believe Dilfer. There is an inclination here to trust more in the evaluations of 31 teams in the National Football League that believe Dilfer is no longer a starter, but just a guy who walks around with a clipboard and wears a baseball cap. A backup.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
There are so many Super Bowl predictions out there that it's going to be tough to remember who got their picks right and wrong. (If you're interested, our staff picks are up here and we also polled a number of top area high school coaches .) When it comes to the professional talking heads, ESPN posted a release with the predictions of its vast roster of NFL pundits . Trent Dilfer, who quarterbacked the Ravens to the Super Bowl XXXV title, is among the majority that picks the Denver Broncos to defeat the Seattle Seahawks.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | July 18, 1999
Trent Dilfer understands the rules for playing quarterback.Quarterbacks may get too much credit for a team's success, but they also tend to get too much blame for failure.Dilfer knows if the Buccaneers don't make the playoffs, he won't be in Tampa Bay next season."I feel no pressure whatsoever," he said. "I know if we don't win, I'll be somewhere else."Dilfer threw 21 touchdown passes last year, but the team went 8-8 after making the playoffs the previous season."It's not a matter of numbers anymore," said Bucs general manager Rich McKay.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | March 1, 2002
He was exiled from Tampa, banished in Baltimore, put on hold in Seattle. Trent Dilfer knows rejection. He also knows vindication. A Super Bowl-winning quarterback with the Ravens a year ago, Dilfer has seemingly outlasted his detractors. All it took was 15 straight wins with two different teams. With the free-agent market formally kicking in this morning, Dilfer will become one of the fascinating curiosities in the NFL's annual rite of player passage. No fewer than five teams in need of a starting quarterback - the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans - are expected to take a look at him. While all quarterback lines this off-season start behind New England's Drew Bledsoe, it won't take long before most teams slide over to Dilfer.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | November 21, 2003
Thirty-four months after helping the Ravens win the Super Bowl, Trent Dilfer finally will be welcomed back to Baltimore. Sunday's game between the Ravens and the Seattle Seahawks marks the sentimental return of Dilfer to M&T Bank Stadium, where the sellout crowd is expected to shower the Seahawks backup quarterback with cheers and debate what might have been. After winning the franchise's first championship, the Ravens made history again by choosing to sign Elvis Grbac over Dilfer. The decision made Dilfer the first quarterback to win the Super Bowl and lose his job before the next season.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | September 8, 2005
Trent Dilfer's assignment in Cleveland is to fill a six-year leadership void at quarterback and point the Browns in the general direction of .500 football. Leadership is no problem for Dilfer, who quarterbacked the Ravens in their Super Bowl season. But getting Cleveland to be competitive is a more thorny issue. That's because the Browns have lost 66 games in six seasons since returning to the NFL, bungled several first-round draft picks and failed to find a franchise quarterback from among Tim Couch, Kelly Holcomb and Jeff Garcia.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | October 17, 2005
It was maybe three minutes into yesterday's game when I realized that I didn't miss Trent Dilfer anymore. The moment Dilfer fumbled the Browns' first snap of the game, I knew I was over him. Sure, there were a few nostalgic pangs as he peppered the Ravens with 4-yard passes, but it was clear that the time had come to let go ... and I was ready. No more sleepless nights wondering if Mr. Right got away. No more anguished days waiting for the waiver transactions and hoping to see his name.
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By Dan Rodricks | December 15, 2000
I BELIEVE the Pay-It-Forward philosophy goes something like this: Do a small favor for someone, and that someone passes it along to others, and one day the good deed comes back and your team wins the Super Bowl. Pay It Forward is the positive opposite of what-goes-around-comes-around cynicism. (It's also a major, at-least-it-has-Helen-Hunt, wait-for-the-video motion picture.) Anyway, I think I know an act of Pay-It-Forwardness when I see it, and I think I see it in the recent small, good deed of the quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens.
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By Matt Vensel | September 19, 2011
Former Ravens quarterback and current ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer recently evaluated the ceilings of the league's top passers under the age of 27 and ranked them based on their potential to become "elite. " You might be surprised by which players -- there are five of them -- Dilfer said had a higher ceiling than Joe Flacco. Flacco was sixth on Dilfer's list behind, in order, Josh Freeman, Mark Sanchez, Sam Bradford, Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan. The article was published before Sunday , so no, Dilfer wasn't typing this up as Flacco was chucking a pair of interceptions in the Ravens' 26-13 loss to the Titans in Tennessee.
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Mike Preston | December 20, 2010
When Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis delivered his speech to the team Saturday night, there was a message for both the players and coaches. The topic was "sacrifice", but there was also some talk about tradition, and the Ravens returned to it against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The victory brought back memories from the past when the Ravens stopped the run, were aggressive on defense and successful with a ball-control offense. When Joe Flacco completed only 10 of 20 passes for 172 yards, it was as if Trent Dilfer was quarterback again.
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By Peter Schmuck | July 13, 2008
News item: Quarterback Trent Dilfer, who helped the Ravens win the Super Bowl in the 2000 season, recently said he was retiring after 13 seasons in the NFL. My take: This comes as no great surprise. Dilfer's arm announced its retirement about four years ago. Bonus take: All kidding aside, there isn't a Ravens fan worth his or her purple face paint who isn't a Dilfer fan. My favorite moment was that playoff record 96-yard touchdown pass to Shannon Sharpe in the AFC championship game against the Oakland Raiders.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | July 11, 2008
So former Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer announced his retirement yesterday. And we're supposed to believe him? Maybe he'll stay true to his word. For that matter, Brett Favre might do the same. But I have my doubts. Favre would quiet the speculation about his possible return this season if he'd stop texting Packers general manager Ted Thompson. He's like a teenage girl. I'm waiting for Thompson to text back, "ROFLMAO," and then make plans to take in a movie. And rip on what the other GMs are wearing.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter | March 30, 2008
Jonathan Ogden said he will likely decide before next month's NFL draft whether to retire. The 11-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle said yesterday that his toe injury remains a problem and that he won't be participating in the Ravens' first minicamp April 17. The draft begins April 26. "If I can't play football the way I'm used to [playing], then I'm not going to [return]," Ogden said at yesterday's 5-35 autograph event honoring the city's two Super Bowl championship teams. "If I think I can, I want to give it a shot."
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By KEN MURRAY and KEN MURRAY,SUN REPORTER | October 13, 2005
When Trent Dilfer returns to Baltimore on Sunday, he will find his old team on the ropes, his old coach under siege and a city wondering how it all happened. With great theater like this, who needs a playoff contender? This week, it's the jilted quarterback facing down the coach who banished him after they won a Super Bowl together five years ago for the Ravens. Dilfer, now with the Cleveland Browns, and Brian Billick, under fire for a 1-3 start, said all the right things yesterday about their impending reunion at M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | March 3, 2000
On the same day the Ravens averted a critical defection in their kicking game, they took a giant step toward solving the backup quarterback mystery. Matt Stover, the franchise's kicker for the past nine seasons, agreed in principle yesterday to a four-year contract believed to be worth slightly more than $1 million a season. He was easily the best unrestricted free-agent kicker available in a markedly shallow pool of candidates this off-season. Meanwhile, Trent Dilfer appeared to be a good -- if not perfect -- match for the Ravens' No. 2 quarterback job behind Tony Banks.
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By BILL ORDINE | March 14, 2008
I realize in the NFL, when it comes to quarterbacks, never say never. Exhibit A -- Vinny Testaverde's comeback last year at age 44. Exhibit B -- David Carr signing with the New York Giants this week after failing to hold a job in Carolina, where the main competition was an undrafted free agent signed off waivers named Matt Moore.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter | October 8, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO -- It was a painful reunion yesterday with Trent Dilfer, but it had nothing to do with the Super Bowl-winning quarterback's one-time grudge against the Ravens. Entering the game without four starters and then losing two offensive linemen in one series, the Ravens persevered in an ugly yet satisfying 9-7 victory over the San Francisco 49ers before 67,885 at Monster Park. Injuries continue to take their toll on the Ravens, who were down to three rookie blockers, one healthy tight end and no backup offensive linemen.
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