As if the wintry weather in Maryland wasn't enough, Ravens players Haloti Ngata and Adam Terry will add to the elements this weekend when they participate in the 2008 Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Maryland.
They'll even be taking it an extra step further - 24 steps further, for that matter.
Ngata and Terry will be joined by former Ravens guard Edwin Mulitalo on the Super Plunge team, which will take 24 quick dips into the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay over a 24-hour period, starting at noon on Friday, Jan. 25. The event is slated to raise $300,000, helped by the $10,000 each pledged by Ngata, Terry and Mulitalo to take part in the Super Plunge.
Those of a somewhat-saner mindset will jump in the Bay on one out of two group plunges - scheduled for noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27.
And yes, for those Ravens fans asking, I will be one of those braving the freezing waters with the giant linemen at least once.
BR.com will be on the scene at Sandy Point State Park on Saturday join the 8,500 Plunge participants, getting behind the scenes to talk with the players and get a sense of what they're feeling after an entire day of no sleep and chilling temperatures.
In addition to the players, the Super Plunge group includes Orioles Hall of Famer B.J. Surhoff, Amelia from 98 Rock's morning show, several father/son teams, two SOMD athletes and police officials. They will be helped along their quest with entertainment and hot food inside a heated tent in between dives, along with shoulder massages and free haircuts from Baltimore-based 921 Salon and Day Spa.
For more information, visit the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge official Web site.