Governor Hogan visits Ravens training camp
— The Baltimore Ravens had a noteworthy visitor attend the team’s final training camp practice prior to their preseason opener.
Gov. Larry Hogan made an appearance at the Under Amour Performance Center Tuesday morning, two days before the team faces the Carolina Panthers. Dressed in black Ravens apparel, he surveyed practice from the sideline and interacted with fans before making his way to midfield to deliver a motivational speech to the players.
“We had a good day today. Gov. Hogan was here which was a lot of fun,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. “He had some good words for us. I think he could be a good coach.
“He did an excellent job [and is] a really likable guy. He was over there with the fans and getting pictures and everything. It was neat to see.”
It marked the second summer that the Maryland governor met with the Ravens. He also gave a message to the team last August while in the midst of battling an advanced stage of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Hogan, who tweeted Tuesday he “had a great time at Ravens camp today,” announced in November he was completely cancer-free following five months of chemotherapy.
“We saw him last year when he
was in the middle of his fight,” Ravens kicker Justin Tucker said. “Knowing any cancer survivors who have come through here and had a chance to speak with us, and people I know in my own life—my own grandmother on my dad’s side, she passed away from cancer—the message is always ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’ Sometimes the only thing you can do is fight and fight and fight.”
The Ravens will take the field Thursday to face the Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium hoping to rebound from a difficult 2015 season. Baltimore placed an NFL-high 20 players on season-ending injured reserve, including eight starters, and ended the year with a 5-11 record.
“It was really cool to see him, [and for him] to come back this year and share that message of not giving up when things get tough,” Tucker said. “I mean, we experienced a pretty rough patch last year. 2015 was a rough patch for us as Ravens, but what I’m taking away from his message today is, what’s in the past is in the past and it can only serve to make us stronger.”
Hogan also made an appearance during last year’s regular season. He attended the Ravens’ home opener last September against the Cincinnati Bengals to raise cancer awareness.
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