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Lardarius Webb Is A Hit Again In Charity Softball

Long after his 6thannual charity softball game had ended, Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb was still making his way around the edge of the field at M&T Bank Stadium, signing every autograph asked of him and posing for countless selfies with fans.

Webb was so taken with the fans that he once had to be called to man his position (third base) during his own softball game.

For yet another year, Webb put on a big production to benefit his Lardarius Webb Foundation, in partnership with United Way and the Boys & Girls Club in Baltimore.

"It means a lot to raise the money so I'm able to do the things I want to do during the year," Webb said.

"But it's mostly about giving back to the fans because they support us through the year during the ups and downs. It's good to give them anything we can possibly give them."

More than 10,000 people sprinkled the lower bowl of M&T Bank Stadium to watch the defense get its first victory over the offense in Webb's charity game.

Adam Pattisall, the owner and CEO of sponsor IncrediTek, hit a three-run walk-off home run to give the defense an 11-10 victory. Wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., playing for the offense, jokingly ran away with second base to try to prevent Pattisall from tagging the bases.

Smith was one of many of Webb's teammates to show up for the event. The group included nearly the entire secondary, the entire rookie class and even a few surprise guests.

Check out the best photos from Lardarius Webb's outing at M&T Bank Stadium.

Former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, safety James Ihedigbo and even safety Ed Reed showed up to support Webb and the Baltimore community. Smith is now a member of the San Francisco 49ers and Ihedigbo is about to enter his second year with the Detroit Lions.

"You all mean the world to me here in Baltimore," Torrey Smith told the crowd. "I'll always be back in the city. I can't wear my purple jersey anymore, but that doesn't take anything away from what we accomplished here."

Webb was touched by his former teammates coming back to Baltimore.

"That means a lot to me. It tells you what type of teammates we produce at the Ravens," he said. "The people who come through that facility, we're brothers for life."

Webb was once again one of the smoother players on the field, though he doesn't have much competition.

Torrey Smith hit a home run and tight end Phillip Supernaw also launched one into the stands after being made fun of by the emcee for an awkward-looking play in the outfield as he tried to throw his glove at a hit over his head.

Perhaps the best hitter was Reed, who may have found a new athletic calling in retirement.

Reed followed Webb as the two signed autographs for over an hour after the game. They were two of the last people on the field besides security.

Webb, who sat in on Reed's retirement press conference Thursday afternoon, said he developed his devotion to the community in part from watching Reed do the same.

"He influenced me a lot," Webb said. "When I met him, that's what he was about was the community. He was a down-to-earth guy. I always wanted to be just like him. I just wanted to continue being that type of role model."

Reed now sees Webb carrying his torch in Baltimore, although Reed isn't letting his extinguish.

"I told him out there I'm proud of him," Reed said after the game. "He always puts on a good event and everybody always comes out to support. It's a beautiful thing to see togetherness out here in Baltimore. Seeing the joy and smiles on their faces, that's what it's about.

"If the guys are having something and they invite me, I'm here. Anytime Baltimore has something and I can come, I'm coming."

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