Har­baugh deems Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ Ravens’ theme song of week

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL & NATIONAL SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

OWINGS MILLS — It’s not his fa­vorite Tom Petty song, but head coach John Har­baugh deemed it the an­them of the week for the Bal­ti­more Ravens.

“‘I Won’t Back Down.’ Let’s make that the theme song this week for the Ravens,” he said Wed­nes­day.

Har­baugh re­flected on the rock leg­end, who died Mon­day in Los An­ge­les at the age of 66. The long-time fan saw Petty per­form with his brother, Michi­gan head coach Jim Har­baugh, when they were grow­ing up.

“Fa­vorite song by Tom Petty, ‘Run­nin’ Down a Dream.’ I love it. It’s in­spir­ing,” Har­baugh said. “I saw him in con­cert up in Michi­gan at Pine Knob when I was in high school. We were on the grass, of course. We got there a lit­tle late – my brother was run­ning late, as usual. We came in for ‘Amer­i­can Girl,’ so that was OK. [We] had a great time. Great guy, great quotes, great per­spec­tive on life.”

He pre­dicted Petty would find his way onto Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice playlist.

“I have a feel­ing we’re go­ing to have a lit­tle Tom Petty out here to­day,” Har­baugh said.

The Ravens are in no po­si­tion to back down fol­low­ing a pair of losses that drop their record to 2-2. Oak­land has a match­ing record and is also com­ing off of con­sec­u­tive losses.

The Raiders will be with- out start­ing quar­ter­back Der­rik Carr, but reign­ing NFL De­fen­sive Player of The Year Khalil Mack could pro­vide all sorts of prob­lems against a strug­gling Bal­ti­more of­fen­sive line that al­lowed four sacks against the Steel­ers last week­end. Oak­land has sacked the op­pos­ing quar­ter­back 10 times over the sea­son’s first four games.

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Ravens left tackle Ron­nie Stan­ley dis­cussed Wed­nes­day the mass shoot­ing that hap­pened in his home­town of Las Ve­gas.


Tom Petty and the Heart­break­ers per­form dur­ing the half time show of the NFL Super Bowl XLII foot­ball game be­tween the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots and the New York Gi­ants in Glen­dale, Ari­zona, Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 3, 2008.

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