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McClain Reps Ravens in Pro Bowl


In one of the most memorable plays in recent Pro Bowl history, Ravens fullback **Le’Ron McClain** had many spectators reminiscing about the college game.

McClain scored a fourth-quarter touchdown by perfectly executing a "Fumblerooski" fake to give the AFC a 21-17 lead.

And while that lead was later erased when wideout Larry Fitzgerald's second touchdown and two John Carney field goals put the NFC ahead 30-21 for good, McClain's big play was an eye-opener.

The Pro Bowl is typically a game where having fun and taking care of your newfound teammates is the focus, which opened up the opportunity for McClain and the Ravens' coaching staff to reach into its bag of tricks.

On the play, Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler took the snap but moved to his right down the line of scrimmage as he placed the ball on the ground. Technically a fumble, McClain "recovered" and ran 5 yards to paydirt as the defense was fooled.

"Fumblerooski" was made famous in the 1984 Orange Bowl, where Nebraska pulled it off against Miami and put the odd term in American football parlance.

Sunday's version at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium made up for McClain's initial touchdown attempt earlier in the game.

Facing third-and-goal from the NFC's 1-yard line, the 260-pound fullback took a handoff off the right guard but was stonewalled before he reached the end zone.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, the AFC's starting signal caller, threw incomplete on the ensuing fourth-down play, turning over possession.

McClain finished the day with three carries and 5 yards as the only Ravens representative on offense.

Meanwhile, McClain's Baltimore teammates also contributed.

Linebacker [Ray Lewisinternal-link-placeholder-0] totaled three tackles as a starter, and linebacker [Terrell Suggsinternal-link-placeholder-0] pitched in two stops.

Special teams ace [Brendon Ayanbadejointernal-link-placeholder-0] notched one tackle from scrimmage and added another special teams stop.

Safety [Ed Reedinternal-link-placeholder-0] was named a starter, but he pulled from contention with a shoulder injury. He was replaced by Tennessee Titans safety Chris Hope.


Baltimore head coach **John Harbaugh** and his staff were the first-ever Ravens coaches to work the Pro Bowl in franchise history. They received that honor for advancing to the AFC Championship. Harbaugh lined up against Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, under whom Harbaugh coached from 1999-2007. ... Speaking with USA Today before the game, Harbaugh addressed the situation of Lewis, who is slated to hit the free agent market for the first time in his 13-year career. Team owner **Steve Bisciotti** has repeatedly expressed his desire to resign Lewis. "Ray Lewis is going to be a guy we're going to pay a lot of money to in order to keep," Harbaugh said. "Steve said he thinks we'll be willing to pay more than anybody else. I know Ray has to take a look around. But I'm definitely convinced that Ray wants to finish his career a Baltimore Raven. And there's no question the Baltimore Ravens definitely want Ray."

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