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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | January 31, 2009
TAMPA, FLA. - Two former Ravens are experiencing different levels of emotions leading up to today's announcement of the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees. While Rod Woodson is considered a lock to make the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, Shannon Sharpe is not. No ex-Raven has made the Hall. After a career that included eight Pro Bowls and three Super Bowl titles, Sharpe hasn't been this worried about getting cut since he was a rookie seventh-round draft pick out of Savannah State.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,mike.klingaman@baltsun.com | August 8, 2009
He played only four years with the Ravens, but when Rod Woodson enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight, he'll be reopening the door for Baltimore. A defensive back, Woodson is the first Ravens player to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio. There, he joins 11 members of the Baltimore Colts, the last of whom - former coach Don Shula - was inducted in 1997. One year later, Woodson joined the Ravens, where he shored up the defense and helped lead them to a Super Bowl victory in January 2001.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | August 20, 2000
It should have been the defining moment of Rod Woodson's career. Instead, it was little more than a cameo appearance in someone else's coronation. That was then: Super Bowl XXX, Jan. 28, 1996. Woodson, the first player in NFL history to return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament of the knee in the same season, performed a limited defensive role in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 27-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. This is now: Woodson serves as sergeant of the Ravens' secondary, one of the game's greatest cornerbacks-turned-safety, still chasing that championship moment.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | February 1, 2009
TAMPA, Fla. - In the city where the Ravens won their Super Bowl, they made team history once again. Versatile defensive back Rod Woodson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame yesterday, becoming the first former Raven to receive the honor. Known for his speed and big-play ability, Woodson played four of his 17 seasons with the Ravens (1998-2001). The sage leader on the Ravens' record-setting defense, he won his only Super Bowl with the Ravens in January 2001 in Tampa. "I'm still pinching myself a little bit," Woodson said.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | September 2, 1998
The regular-season opener is only four days away, but Rod Woodson is calm about playing against his former team -- for which he earned All-Pro recognition -- and the city where he still resides.No butterflies. No sweaty palms. No shortness of breath.It's just the Pittsburgh Steelers, for whom Woodson spent 10 seasons at cornerback. And so what if he is the franchise's record-holder for punt returns, punt-return yards, kickoff returns and kickoff-return yards?It's just the Steelers, for whom Woodson had 38 career interceptions and was a frequent MVP, not to mention being named to the NFL's 75th anniversary team while wearing black and gold.
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September 1, 2000
0:Playoff appearances by the 4-year-old relocated franchise. 1: Ravens rookie starting in the season opener (receiver Travis Taylor). 2: Healthy arms that can be used by outside linebacker Peter Boulware, who played last season with a restrictive harness. 3: Players remaining with the Ravens who moved with the franchise from Cleveland (defensive end Rob Burnett, kicker Matt Stover and suspended defensive tackle Larry Webster). 4: Consecutive years that the Ravens have begun a year with a different starting quarterback (Vinny Testaverde, Jim Harbaugh, Scott Mitchell, Tony Banks)
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By Eduardo A. Encina | July 29, 1998
Rod WoodsonPosition: CornerbackHeight: 6-0Weight: 200Age: 33College: PurdueYear: 12thHighlights: Woodson, a five-time All-Pro and All-NFL team member was signed as a free agent to shore up a young cornerback position. Woodson was the 1993 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and was chosen to the league's 75th anniversary team. He has played on seven Pro Bowl teams. Woodson ranks in the top 15 all-time in five statistical categories: punt returns, punt-return yards, interceptions returned for touchdowns, kickoff returns, and kickoff-return yards.
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By Gary Lambrecht | August 1, 1998
Change of heart: One day after criticizing the team for a poor morning workout, coach Ted Marchibroda praised the Ravens for a good day's work and ended yesterday afternoon's practice 30 minutes early.Starks watch: Rookie cornerback Duane Starks' holdout dragged into its 11th day. The only good sign is that the Ravens and agent Drew Rosenhaus resumed negotiations yesterday.More injuries: Tight end Eric Green missed his first day of practice with a sore knee. Fullback Roosevelt Potts sat out for the third day with a sore knee, but is expected back today.
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By Gary Lambrecht | January 2, 2000
S Rod Woodson vs. QB Drew Bledsoe Ravens safety Rod Woodson would love to continue his recent streak of intercepting passes. Seven times in his past nine games, Woodson has picked off an opposing quarterback. One more theft would tie Woodson's single-season career high of eight interceptions. Given the way New England quarterback Drew Bledsoe has hit a slump lately, Woodson figures to have a good chance at the mark. Bledsoe has thrown 20 interceptions in 1999, including 16 in his past seven games.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | September 12, 1998
The head games are still being played.Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda did not name Jim Harbaugh his starting quarterback for tomorrow's game, but it has become obvious who will be under center at 1: 01 p.m. when the Ravens play the Jets in Game No. 2 at Giants Stadium.Harbaugh took all his usual repetitions with the first team and showed little discomfort from his previous hyperextended right index finger and right elbow that has tendinitis. Trainder Bill Tessendorf said there was no swelling from Thursday's practice, the hardest work day this week.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | January 31, 2009
TAMPA, FLA. - Two former Ravens are experiencing different levels of emotions leading up to today's announcement of the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees. While Rod Woodson is considered a lock to make the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, Shannon Sharpe is not. No ex-Raven has made the Hall. After a career that included eight Pro Bowls and three Super Bowl titles, Sharpe hasn't been this worried about getting cut since he was a rookie seventh-round draft pick out of Savannah State.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,mike.preston@baltsun.com | January 9, 2009
When the Ravens play the Titans in Tennessee tomorrow, Hall of Fame safety Ken Houston will be sitting in front of his television watching the Ravens' defense, particularly safety Ed Reed. Houston played 14 seasons in the NFL, six with the Houston Oilers and eight with the Washington Redskins. He made 10 Pro Bowls and had 49 career interceptions, nine of which he returned for touchdowns. Asked whether Reed reminds him of any other great NFL safeties, Houston modestly said, yes, "me." "He is special," Houston said, "because he goes from defense to offense.
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By MIKE KLINGAMAN and MIKE KLINGAMAN,SUN REPORTER | September 21, 2007
Considered by most to be past his prime, he arrived in Baltimore, rejuvenated the ball-club and led his team to a championship, Frank Robinson did it for the Orioles, Rod Woodson did it for the Ravens. "Nobody told me it was my job to be a mentor," said Woodson, a 33-year-old cornerback when he joined the Ravens in 1998. "But I knew that the young talent needed to be cultivated, to learn what it takes to be a pro both on and off the field." So Woodson passed out wisdom while picking off passes.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun Reporter | September 4, 2006
Reed goes into hiding in search of interceptions Ravens safety Ed Reed used to consider it a chess match when going head-to-head with a quarterback. Now, when he faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Chris Simms in the regular-season opener Sunday, it'll be more like hide-and-seek. Deception has become the most improved part of Reed's game this season, and for good reason. Because quarterbacks threw away from him last season, Reed has concentrated on acting like he's going one way before taking off where the ball is really headed.
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By David Steele | March 3, 2005
ONCE AGAIN, Brian Billick may be overstating things a bit. "The most substantial move to date we've made, particularly in free agency, particularly at wide receiver"? Made you want to look around the castle in Owings Mills for Jerry Rice, circa 1989. Not to diminish Derrick Mason as an impact player, but what the Ravens coach said yesterday on the occasion of Mason's agreeing to terms says less about the credentials of Mason himself than it does about what the Ravens need. Or, for that matter, about what the Ravens are convinced they need.
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By BRENT JONES and BRENT JONES,SUN STAFF | December 13, 2004
Todd Heap stood at a podium and answered questions about Kyle Boller's stellar game and what that might do for the quarterback's confidence. Could it be, though, that the Ravens tight end, who had a memorable game of his own with two touchdown catches, received a boost as well? "I don't think I needed [it]," Heap said. "I'm comfortable with myself. I know what I can do." What Heap did in the Ravens' 37-14 win over the New York Giants yesterday was look remarkably similar to the Pro Bowl tight end upon which his team has relied heavily the past two years.
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By MIKE KLINGAMAN and MIKE KLINGAMAN,SUN REPORTER | September 21, 2007
Considered by most to be past his prime, he arrived in Baltimore, rejuvenated the ball-club and led his team to a championship, Frank Robinson did it for the Orioles, Rod Woodson did it for the Ravens. "Nobody told me it was my job to be a mentor," said Woodson, a 33-year-old cornerback when he joined the Ravens in 1998. "But I knew that the young talent needed to be cultivated, to learn what it takes to be a pro both on and off the field." So Woodson passed out wisdom while picking off passes.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | August 17, 2004
Cornell Brown knows that he is competing with guys who are younger, more athletic and faster than he is. But what Brown, who has been a fixture as a backup six of the previous seven seasons, has going for him are all the intangibles inherent in a seven-year career. Brown built his reputation as a run-stopper and standout special teams player, often filling in for Peter Boulware during practices and training camp over the years while virtually assuring himself a roster spot with his play.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Brent Jones and Jeff Zrebiec and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | December 29, 2003
Coach Brian Billick wasted no time in letting his feelings be known about where the Ravens stand on the playoff schedule. The AFC North champs, whose game last night ended right around midnight, open up the playoffs on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. against the Tennessee Titans. "It's time to move on quickly," Billick said. "We're prepared to be the last game in the regular season and the first game in the postseason because I guess we're Baltimore and that's the way you do it. So we'll be ready to go. "If I had any brains about me, a kickoff in overtime with the team that has to be the first team to play on Saturday, I should have told my guys to kick it off and let them score.
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