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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | June 20, 1997
Just eight months ago, Spencer Folau was an unemployed football player working for his father's landscaping business in Redwood City, Calif.Now he's playing football, nonstop.Folau will be one of two Ravens playing for the Rhein Fire on Sunday against the Barcelona Dragons in the World Bowl, the championship game of the NFL-sponsored World League.The offensive tackle will return home Wednesday and have just 13 days off before he's due in Baltimore on July 8 to start pre-training camp drills with the young players for his second season of the year.
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By SLOANE BROWN | April 6, 2008
TALK ABOUT BUMPING INTO STARS. AT the Five Thirty-Five VIP Dinner, more than 60 of them -- all champion football players -- were crowded into the banquet room at the Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Pikesville, with about the same number of guests. These weren't just any NFL-ers. These were members of the 1958 Baltimore Colts who played in what's known as "The Greatest Game Ever Played," the 1970 Super Bowl V Championship Colts and the 2000 Super Bowl XXXV Ravens. One glance across the room could net you: Jon Ogden, Harry Swayne, Mike McCrary, Edwin Mulitalo, Femi Ayanbadejo, Jamie Sharper, John Mackey, Bruce Laird, Jim Mutscheller, Lydell Mitchell, Ray Chester, Mike Curtis and Rick Volk.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | August 1, 1997
It seems like Spencer Folau plays a new position almost every day. One day he is at left offensive tackle, the next day right guard. Then it's over to left guard and then to right tackle.Thank goodness the Ravens already have a water boy."As of this point, he has received more work than we anticipated, which is good for him," said coach Ted Marchibroda.Folau, the Ravens' second-year tackle from the University of Idaho, has become a prized commodity for the team in the last two weeks. With season-ending knee injuries to guard Sale Isaia and center Jeff Mitchell, the 6-foot-5, 300-pound Folau has become the Ravens' top reserve and another project the team hopes will follow in the footsteps of starters Orlando Brown, an offensive tackle, and center Wally Williams.
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By SLOANE BROWN and SLOANE BROWN,SUN REPORTER | November 12, 2006
Former Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Spencer Folau, 33, was born in the Pacific island nation of Tonga and grew up in Redwood City, Calif. After attending the University of Idaho, he joined the Baltimore Ravens in 1996 as a free agent. He played here for five years - the last as part of the team that won the Super Bowl. From Baltimore he went to the Miami Dolphins, and then the New Orleans Saints. Last year, Folau signed with the Washington Redskins, but was released because of injury.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | August 11, 2000
Spencer Folau has gone from training-camp fodder to valued employee of the Ravens. He has gone from the waiver wire to viable candidate for a starting job on the offensive line. Considering where he started -- as a free agent from the University of Idaho -- it's been a pretty remarkable trip for the 6-foot-5, 315-pound tackle from the South Pacific island kingdom of Tonga. "Up until last year, he was thought of as just a backup guy," said center Jeff Mitchell. "But now, I think everybody is viewing him as having the ability to be a starter.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | August 12, 1999
Considering that he's competing with Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden and 13-year veteran Harry Swayne, Spencer Folau said he needs to make the most out of chances when they come.He'll get his first opportunity this season when he works with the first team in tonight's preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles because of Ogden's injured hip flexor.Although Folau's chances of supplanting either one are slim, he enjoys the chance to be on the first unit."I'm definitely excited to be working with those guys," Folau said.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | October 19, 1999
The Ravens are rapidly running out of offensive tackles. Healthy ones, that is.The latest casualty is backup Spencer Folau, who is the third tackle on the team's depth chart. Folau injured his right knee in Sunday's practice, appeared yesterday wearing a knee brace and said he would not be ready to play until the Oct. 31 game against the Buffalo Bills at the earliest.Folau, who was expected to replace right tackle Harry Swayne (leg injury, questionable) this week -- Swayne did not practice yesterday -- was listed as doubtful for Thursday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | November 9, 1999
Just when the Ravens were returning to health on their offensive line, misfortune has greeted them at the start of the season's second half.Right tackle Harry Swayne, who missed two games with a lower left leg contusion last month, will miss a minimum of four weeks and possibly the rest of the season after having surgery today to repair a fracture in his right foot.Swayne, who was unavailable for comment yesterday -- Ravens coach Brian Billick gave the team the afternoon off following their 41-9 blowout victory in Cleveland on Sunday -- suffered the injury during the third quarter of the Browns game.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | November 11, 1999
Ravens coach Brian Billick said yesterday starting left guard Everett Lindsay will move to right offensive tackle in place of the injured Harry Swayne, while rookie Edwin Mulitalo will make his first start at left guard Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.The Ravens had contemplated using No. 2 tackle Spencer Folau on the right side, but Billick made the decision after Folau worked out with the team yesterday. Billick said Folau is still limited because of a knee he sprained earlier this season.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | July 17, 1997
Larry Webster started his first full day of training camp practices yesterday morning and compared the experience to living in a dream.After spending 90 minutes working up a good sweat, Webster talked about being sober for a year, having served a one-year suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He talked about facing up to his problems instead of blaming them on others. He talked about resurrecting a promising career that has been damaged by two disciplinary suspensions.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | January 11, 2002
Every time he assumes a three-point stance, Peter Boulware feels more at home playing defensive end in the NFL. His comfort level at the position could quicken in Sunday's wild-card game in Miami, since his matchup is a continuation of Ravens practices the four previous seasons. The Dolphins' left tackle is Spencer Folau, who spent five season with the Ravens after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Idaho in 1996. Folau started four games in 2000 and owns a ring from Super Bowl XXXV, but he was let go by the Ravens and picked up by the Dolphins in July.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | November 27, 2000
Ravens fullback Sam Gash opened the usual running lanes as well as some eyes yesterday. Known more for his lead blocking, Gash caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Trent Dilfer in the second quarter for his first score as a Raven. His fourth reception this year put the Ravens ahead for good at 14-7 just 1:20 into the second quarter. Although Gash had to stretch to make the catch, he was alone in the end zone because the Cleveland defense bit on a play-action fake to Jamal Lewis. It was his first touchdown since Nov. 28 last year, but Gash isn't promoting himself for more passing routes.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | October 2, 2000
CLEVELAND - The Ravens' offensive cornerstone, left tackle Jonathan Ogden, walked out on crutches. Their most experienced offensive lineman, right tackle Harry Swayne, bowed out before the end of the first quarter. But with their bookends out, the Ravens' offensive line refused to collapse yesterday. Instead, the Ravens worked through a shaky start and pushed back in the second half. Plugging in Kipp Vickers and Spencer Folau at tackles, the Ravens' front became increasingly physical against the Cleveland Browns, clearing the way for 107 yards rushing over the final two quarters and sealing up its protection after surrendering its only sack of the game.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | August 11, 2000
Spencer Folau has gone from training-camp fodder to valued employee of the Ravens. He has gone from the waiver wire to viable candidate for a starting job on the offensive line. Considering where he started -- as a free agent from the University of Idaho -- it's been a pretty remarkable trip for the 6-foot-5, 315-pound tackle from the South Pacific island kingdom of Tonga. "Up until last year, he was thought of as just a backup guy," said center Jeff Mitchell. "But now, I think everybody is viewing him as having the ability to be a starter.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | November 24, 1999
Spencer Folau remembered that sinking feeling upon learning the news. After spending two collegiate seasons at Idaho as an effective force on the defensive line, Folau's job description had just undergone a drastic change.He would be switched to the offensive line, an area he had barely tested even as a high school player."It blew me away. I didn't expect it. I was pretty productive on the defensive line," Folau recalled. "We probably needed some help on the [offensive] line, and I think my coach saw a future for me on the offensive line.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | November 11, 1999
Ravens coach Brian Billick said yesterday starting left guard Everett Lindsay will move to right offensive tackle in place of the injured Harry Swayne, while rookie Edwin Mulitalo will make his first start at left guard Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.The Ravens had contemplated using No. 2 tackle Spencer Folau on the right side, but Billick made the decision after Folau worked out with the team yesterday. Billick said Folau is still limited because of a knee he sprained earlier this season.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | January 11, 2002
Every time he assumes a three-point stance, Peter Boulware feels more at home playing defensive end in the NFL. His comfort level at the position could quicken in Sunday's wild-card game in Miami, since his matchup is a continuation of Ravens practices the four previous seasons. The Dolphins' left tackle is Spencer Folau, who spent five season with the Ravens after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Idaho in 1996. Folau started four games in 2000 and owns a ring from Super Bowl XXXV, but he was let go by the Ravens and picked up by the Dolphins in July.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | July 29, 1997
Several of the Ravens veterans complained about a long and tough weekend after the scrimmage against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday and practice in the intense humidity Sunday, and apparently there was some truth to it as four players left training camp before yesterday's practice.Three of the four were rookies -- safety Eric Allen, wide receiver James Epps, defensive tackle Robert Walker. The other was second-year defensive end Hugh Hunter.None of the players figured in the Ravens' immediate plans, but coach Ted Marchibroda was puzzled by their departures.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | November 9, 1999
Just when the Ravens were returning to health on their offensive line, misfortune has greeted them at the start of the season's second half.Right tackle Harry Swayne, who missed two games with a lower left leg contusion last month, will miss a minimum of four weeks and possibly the rest of the season after having surgery today to repair a fracture in his right foot.Swayne, who was unavailable for comment yesterday -- Ravens coach Brian Billick gave the team the afternoon off following their 41-9 blowout victory in Cleveland on Sunday -- suffered the injury during the third quarter of the Browns game.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | October 19, 1999
The Ravens are rapidly running out of offensive tackles. Healthy ones, that is.The latest casualty is backup Spencer Folau, who is the third tackle on the team's depth chart. Folau injured his right knee in Sunday's practice, appeared yesterday wearing a knee brace and said he would not be ready to play until the Oct. 31 game against the Buffalo Bills at the earliest.Folau, who was expected to replace right tackle Harry Swayne (leg injury, questionable) this week -- Swayne did not practice yesterday -- was listed as doubtful for Thursday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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