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By Ken Murray | January 22, 1992
MINNEAPOLIS -- Running back Earnest Byner found new spiritual life and a revived NFL career with his trade to the Washington Redskins in 1989. But some parts of his Cleveland past he can't erase.Like the fumble in Denver in the 1987 AFC championship that kept the Browns out of the Super Bowl.Asked yesterday if he was concerned that he might be remembered for that one play in his eight-year career, Byner ran the equivalent of the Redskins' counter-trey against the assembled Super Bowl XXVI media.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,mike.preston@baltsun.com | November 13, 2009
Since the 2000 season, the Ravens have tried to copy the blueprint that led them to the Super Bowl title. But they've never been able to duplicate the running back of that season. Running backs like Jamal Lewis come along only once in a while, and the Ravens have yet to find another runner like Lewis. Few teams do. "It's rare to get that kind of power, speed and size in that kind of a back," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "Guys like him, Chuck Muncie, Corey Dillon, John Riggins, they only come along every so often.
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By Danielle Rumore | August 22, 1997
Peter Boulware: The Ravens' top draft pick has finally made his highly anticipated arrival, practicing for the first time Tuesday. As a strong-side linebacker, he's pushing Cornell Brown back on the depth chart. Boulware will play tonight, but the coaches have yet to determine how much.Dorian Brew: One of three right cornerbacks, Brew has finally pushed last year's second-round draft pick, DeRon Jenkins, out of the nickel-back spot. Brew will be used to cover the slot receiver. Watch to see if he has more speed and finishing power than Jenkins.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,Sun Reporter | December 14, 2007
He might coach for the Washington Redskins, but not everything in Earnest Byner's home is bathed in burgundy and gold. A vase on the mantel commemorates Byner's induction into the Ravens' Ring of Honor. A leather jacket in his closet bears the Ravens crest. "It's all part of who I am," said Byner, who spent eight years in Baltimore as a player and executive before joining the Redskins in 2004 as an assistant coach. One of the NFL's premier running backs, Byner was near the end of his 14-season career when he played for the fledgling Ravens in 1996.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,Sun Reporter | December 14, 2007
He might coach for the Washington Redskins, but not everything in Earnest Byner's home is bathed in burgundy and gold. A vase on the mantel commemorates Byner's induction into the Ravens' Ring of Honor. A leather jacket in his closet bears the Ravens crest. "It's all part of who I am," said Byner, who spent eight years in Baltimore as a player and executive before joining the Redskins in 2004 as an assistant coach. One of the NFL's premier running backs, Byner was near the end of his 14-season career when he played for the fledgling Ravens in 1996.
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By Vito Stellino | October 4, 1992
Site: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz., 4 p.m.TV: Channels 11, 9Radio: WTEM (570 AM), WBAL (1090 AM)Line: Redskins by 10Last week: Both teams had a bye. The previous week, the Redskins beat the Detroit Lions, 13-10, and the Cardinals lost to the Dallas Cowboys, 31-20.The series: The Redskins have a 60-33-2 edge in a series that dates to 1932, when the Redskins were in Boston and the Cardinals in Chicago. The Redskins have won seven straight, 14 of 15 and 19 of the past 21 in the series.Last meeting: The Redskins rallied from a 14-0 halftime deficit to edge the Cardinals, 20-14, last December.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | August 29, 1997
Veteran Earnest Byner will be the focal point of the Ravens' running game for the first four weeks of the season until Bam Morris returns, but the real key is a rookie named Jay Graham.The Ravens had counted on Morris to power the rushing attack, but the 6-foot, 245-pound back was suspended by the league Aug. 6 for four games after he violated the NFL's policy on substance and alcohol abuse. That left Byner to carry the early load."You know what you're getting when you put Earnest on the field -- a well-conditioned, tough player who knows his assignments, makes smart plays, gives leadership and does everything he can to help us win," said Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens' vice president player personnel.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | August 7, 1997
As running back Bam Morris prepares to serve a four-game suspension, the Ravens are reshuffling an offensive backfield that Morris was supposed to lead.The temporary exit of Morris -- who will not play for the rest of the preseason but will continue practicing with the team for the next three weeks -- means that 14-year veteran Earnest Byner, originally expected to provide the Ravens primarily with a third-down threat, is the top back.It also means that rookie Jay Graham, the leading rusher in last week's 21-20, preseason-opening loss to the New York Giants, has just seen his stock rise for the immediate future.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | August 31, 1996
It will be halfback by committee for the Ravens this season.It's not exactly what the coaching staff had in mind, but none of the three halfbacks on the roster created any distance from the others during the preseason."
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By Ken Rosenthal | November 30, 1997
He could be angry over losing his job to an unreliable veteran and an unproven rookie, but that's not Earnest Byner.He says he will be the first to know when it is time to retire, but that's probably not Earnest Byner, either.He is a model teammate on one hand, a fierce competitor on the other. He is a player's player, a coach's player, the player you would want your son to be.And next season, he probably will be gone.The Ravens would miss him, miss him terribly. This is a team desperate for veteran leadership, and Byner is a walking definition of the term.
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August 18, 2002
Washington team name should go unnamed I have been reading the letters on The Sun's coverage or lack of coverage of the Washington football team. I have lived in Maryland my entire life and as such I follow the Ravens and have always hated that Washington team. But, as I am also realist, I realize the economics and that The Sun, to broaden its appeal and attract new people, probably will need to start covering Washington more. However, I do hope that if or when doing so, The Sun does refrain from using the team name (racial slur)
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | October 10, 1998
He no longer lives with the pressure of producing yards on the football field, yet Earnest Byner has never stopped running.Six months into the next phase of his professional career, Byner sits in his office at the Ravens' complex in Owings Mills, as the sights and sounds swirl around him.Byner is jotting down phone messages and thinking about the practice that begins in a few hours, while watching tape of the Tennessee Oilers. The soothing jazz of Thelonious Monk wafts from his portable stereo.
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By John Eisenberg | December 7, 1997
Did the Ravens underachieve this season?Not by as much as they think they did.They would have you believe that their 4-8-1 record doesn't begin to reflect the level of their talent.They would have you believe that their potential in 1997 was equal to that of many teams currently driving for the playoffs.Sorry.With all due respect, they're coming in pretty close to where they deserved.A little beneath their ability, maybe, but not much.Owner Art Modell insists they're just "two or three players away" from the playoffs, but the reality is that they started the season with a fair number of holes and they'll end the season with even more.
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By Ken Rosenthal | November 30, 1997
He could be angry over losing his job to an unreliable veteran and an unproven rookie, but that's not Earnest Byner.He says he will be the first to know when it is time to retire, but that's probably not Earnest Byner, either.He is a model teammate on one hand, a fierce competitor on the other. He is a player's player, a coach's player, the player you would want your son to be.And next season, he probably will be gone.The Ravens would miss him, miss him terribly. This is a team desperate for veteran leadership, and Byner is a walking definition of the term.
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By Ken Rosenthal | September 8, 1997
Ted was right -- it's not the same old Ravens.How can you tell?By watching the front seven on defense. And by considering these numbers:Seven: That's the number of second-half points the Ravens have allowed in their first two games.Believe it or not, the total was even lower at this point last season. But then the injuries hit, and opponents averaged 17 second-half points against the Ravens over the final 12 games.The Cincinnati Bengals staged one of the most memorable eruptions at Memorial Stadium last Nov. 3, rallying from a 21-3 deficit by shutting out the Ravens 21-0 in the second half.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | August 29, 1997
Veteran Earnest Byner will be the focal point of the Ravens' running game for the first four weeks of the season until Bam Morris returns, but the real key is a rookie named Jay Graham.The Ravens had counted on Morris to power the rushing attack, but the 6-foot, 245-pound back was suspended by the league Aug. 6 for four games after he violated the NFL's policy on substance and alcohol abuse. That left Byner to carry the early load."You know what you're getting when you put Earnest on the field -- a well-conditioned, tough player who knows his assignments, makes smart plays, gives leadership and does everything he can to help us win," said Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens' vice president player personnel.
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August 18, 2002
Washington team name should go unnamed I have been reading the letters on The Sun's coverage or lack of coverage of the Washington football team. I have lived in Maryland my entire life and as such I follow the Ravens and have always hated that Washington team. But, as I am also realist, I realize the economics and that The Sun, to broaden its appeal and attract new people, probably will need to start covering Washington more. However, I do hope that if or when doing so, The Sun does refrain from using the team name (racial slur)
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1996
Baltimore got a glimpse of the old Bam Morris two days ago, but his future as a starter is still in question.Despite rushing for 56 yards on six attempts, including touchdown rushes of 3 and 10 yards in the Ravens' 37-31 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, the Ravens will continue to start Earnest Byner, 34, as the feature back in the one-back set formation.The announcement came as no surprise, though Morris has added life to a stagnant running game that only opened up because of the team's strong passing attack in the last month.
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By Danielle Rumore | August 22, 1997
Peter Boulware: The Ravens' top draft pick has finally made his highly anticipated arrival, practicing for the first time Tuesday. As a strong-side linebacker, he's pushing Cornell Brown back on the depth chart. Boulware will play tonight, but the coaches have yet to determine how much.Dorian Brew: One of three right cornerbacks, Brew has finally pushed last year's second-round draft pick, DeRon Jenkins, out of the nickel-back spot. Brew will be used to cover the slot receiver. Watch to see if he has more speed and finishing power than Jenkins.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | August 7, 1997
As running back Bam Morris prepares to serve a four-game suspension, the Ravens are reshuffling an offensive backfield that Morris was supposed to lead.The temporary exit of Morris -- who will not play for the rest of the preseason but will continue practicing with the team for the next three weeks -- means that 14-year veteran Earnest Byner, originally expected to provide the Ravens primarily with a third-down threat, is the top back.It also means that rookie Jay Graham, the leading rusher in last week's 21-20, preseason-opening loss to the New York Giants, has just seen his stock rise for the immediate future.
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