Newsletter - January 2019
Newsletter - January 2019
2008 Ravens Back in Baltimore
Prior to the November 18 game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, members of the 2008 Ravens team were back in Baltimore to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their trip to the AFC Championship game. As the second squad in franchise history to advance to that contest, 28 legends took part in activities around town throughout the weekend.
The group watched Saturday practice at the team's Under Armour Performance Center, toured the newly renovated building to see the $45 million updates it recently received, ate lunch with NFL executives to learn about the league's Legends Community and participated in a community service project at Baltimore Station to benefit homeless veterans. On game day, the team met with fans at M&T Bank Stadium, took-in pregame warm-ups from the field, were introduced on the sideline just before kickoff, watched the Ravens get the win and brought their family and friends to the field after the game to throw the ball around, take photos and reminisce.
A player from the 2008 team mentioned – "This event brought back so many amazing memories that I'm forever grateful for. Some of these guys I hadn't seen in almost 10 years. We enjoyed the game with our families, we did community service and we watched the Ravens win! The only thing missing from this experience is a game check! 😊"
Salute to Service
Three Ravens legends left the country to visit military members around the world this winter!
LB Brad Jackson and LB Adalius Thomas flew to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba to spend time with armed forces members December 6-9, while OL Edwin Mulitalo will be traveling to the Middle East making stops in Jordan, Bahrain and Niger January 24 – February 4.
Ravens legends supported the military at home as well during the 2018 season. At halftime of the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Ravens game on Sunday, November 4, eight former Ravens players suited up for a flag football exhibition game with eight service members on the M&T Bank Stadium field. Playing in the contest were: QB Stoney Case, WR Mark Clayton, WR Yamon Figurs, WR Qadry Ismail, FB Vonta Leach, FB Le'Ron McClain, RB Willis McGahee and WR Clarence Moore.
If you are interested in joining a future military tour, please email Matt.Little@ravens.nfl.net.
Legends Honored on Game Day
Prior to all regular season home games, one Ravens legend was invited back to M&T Bank Stadium to be honored as that week's "Legend of the Game."
This recognition has quickly become a much-anticipated tradition at Ravens games. The "Legend of the Game" is introduced onto the field seconds before the opening kickoff carrying a torch with purple smoke that energizes fans into a frenzy just prior to our team taking the field.
2018 "Legends of the Game" included:
- Week 1 vs. Buffalo Bills: WR Anquan Boldin
- Week 3 vs. Denver Broncos: LB Ray Lewis
- Week 7 vs. New Orleans Saints: FB Vonta Leach
- Week 9 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: K Matt Stover
- Week 11 vs. Cincinnati Bengals: 2008 Ravens Team
- Week 12 vs. Oakland Raider: WR Derrick Alexander
- Week 15 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OL Matt Birk
- Week 17 vs. Cleveland Browns: 1958 Colts Team
Ravens Away Game Flock Party in Atlanta
Prior to the Ravens away game vs. the Atlanta Falcons, Ravens fans in the ATL gathered at the Hudson Grille Midtown to start the weekend with a Ravens Flock Party on Friday, November 30. Local Atlanta residents and Ravens legends RB Jamal Lewis and LB Adalius Thomas stopped by the party to hang out with fans ahead of that weekend's match-up. Other local Ravens legends stopped by as well – DL Lional Dalton, TE Terry Jones and DB Clarence Love.
If you live outside of Maryland and are interested in visiting a Ravens fan group in your area, please email Matt.Little@ravens.nfl.net, and we can connect you with a Ravens Flock near you.
60th Anniversary of "The Greatest Game Ever Played"
60 years after the Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants, 23-17, to win the 1958 NFL Championship, five members of this historic team were celebrated at the Ravens game vs. the Cleveland Browns on December 30. RB Jack Call, RB Lenny Moore, DB Andy Nelson, LB Leo Sanford and OL Dick Szymanski reunited to commemorate "The Greatest Game Ever Played."
In addition, widows of teammates who had passed away joined the anniversary festivities as well – Yvonne Ameche (wife of FB Alan Ameche), Pert Mutscheller (wife of TE Jim Mutscheller), Esther Parker (wife of OL Jim Parker) and Sandy Unitas (wife of QB Johnny Unitas).
Super Bowl LIII
NFL Alumni Association – Super Bowl Workout
At Super Bowl LIII, the Baltimore and Atlanta NFL Alumni Chapters will be co-hosting a free fitness workout led by former professional wrestling superstar Diamond Dallas Page. Following the workout at DDP's yoga studio in Smyrna, GA on Thursday, January 31 from 12-2 p.m., post-workout drinks will be offered for all attendance. Beginning in 2019, DDP is offering all NFL Alumni members a no-cost VIP subscription to his award-winning fitness app – DDP Yoga Now.
Healthy Body & Mind Screenings
The NFL Player Care Foundation (PCF) has partnered with Tulane University School of Medicine to conduct its Healthy Body and Mind Screening program. This FREE national screening program is open to all former NFL players and includes a series of private and confidential cardiovascular and prostate screenings and mental health resources and education. Comprehensive blood testing will be offered to the wives and significant others who accompany the former player to screenings and are being provided by the NFL Alumni Association free of charge.
The next screening will take place leading up to Super Bowl LIII at The Westin in Atlanta, GA on January 30 – February 1. For more information and to sign-up, please contact Dana Lihan with the PCF (954-639-4584 or Dana.Lihan@NFL.com) or visit www.PCFBodyAndMind.com/#blue_back
Legends Career Fair
Another engagement opportunity hosted by the PCF in Atlanta the week before Super Bowl LIII is a career fair exclusive to former players January 30 – February 1 at The Westin. In addition to a career fair with employers such as PepsiCo, Nike, State Farm and Verizon Wireless, job search coaching will be offered as well for legends with at least one credited season or one practice squad season. For additional details and to register, please visit www.AscendingAthletes.com/super-bowl.
NFL Legends Community
The NFL Legends Community was launched in October of 2013 to celebrate, embrace and connect former players with each other, their former teammates, and the League. Legends will learn about the benefits and exclusive opportunities available to them, as well as various events taking place throughout the country. The Legends Community works with all affinity groups (Hall of Fame, NFL Alumni Association, NFLPA's The Trust, Gridiron Greats, Player Care Foundation, etc.) and all 32 NFL Clubs to ensure players are utilizing all available resources.
To date, over 8,400 Legends across the country are registered. Registration is free and specifically limited to former NFL players.
How to Register:
- Go to Players.NFL.Com
- Click "CREATE ACCOUNT"
- Fill in ALL required fields (Name, Email, DOB, Team and Years played) and hit "Submit"
- Once submitted, you will be notified of account approval
NFL Player Benefits Website
NFL Legends have a one-stop shop for Player Benefits. At NFLPlayerBenefits.com, you'll find pension, 401(k) and other benefit plan information, including the ability to apply for benefits online and an easy-to-read view of your current benefit eligibility.
All Pro Dad Family Football Clinic
The NFL and All Pro Dad have teamed up to host a Family Football Clinic at Super Bowl for the fourth year in a row. On February 1 from 9:00-11:30 a.m., you, your significant other and children are invited to enjoy breakfast at the Miami Beach Convention Center, as well as participate in fun football activities that are designed to foster engagement and create new family memories around the game of football.
This event is FREE for Legends and their families to participate in, but the deadline to register is January 17.
The PCF's independent audit group, WithumSmith+Brown, has offered to provide pro bono tax advice and guidance to former players who may be in need of this support. WS+B will not be filing returns, but answering pertinent questions, providing guidance and referring clients to helpful and relevant resources. If you would like to seek help in this area, please contact Andrew Jo with the NFL PCF (212-450-2494 or Andrew.Jo@NFL.com)