Sunday Mirror

Ron­nie is Raven for Balti-more

- BY KEITH WEB­STER Sports · American Football · Baltimore · Lamar Jackson · Jay-Z · Marcus Rashford · Russia · Pittsburgh · Pittsburgh Steelers · Balti · Bromley F.C. · Roc Nation

RON­NIE STAN­LEY has a hun­dred mil­lion rea­sons to stay in Bal­ti­more and now he wants to re­ward the club with a Su­per Bowl.

The Ravens’ left tackle signed a five-year ex­ten­sion this week worth $98.75mil­lion. He will earn a whop­ping $47.116m be­tween now and March 31 next year.

The 6ft6ins, 23-stone be­he­moth is re­spon­si­ble for pro­tect­ing su­per­star quar­ter­back La­mar Jack­son.

He is rep­re­sented by Jay-Z’s Roc Na­tion, who also take care of Mar­cus Rash­ford and Kevin de Bruyne, and the 26-year-old foot­ball fan, who went to the World Cup in Rus­sia as a spec­ta­tor, says he is de­lighted the ne­go­ti­a­tions are done.

“I was happy to see all the work and ded­i­ca­tion pay off,” said Stan­ley. “Ev­ery­thing that my fam­ily sac­ri­ficed over the years so that I could come here and live my dream.

“My par­ents were ex­cited to get the news. They were the first peo­ple I told and they were very proud.

“One of my main rea­sons for want­ing to stay here is that I want to play with th­ese guys be­cause they are like fam­ily to me.

“I’m happy that I can try to help this team achieve our ul­ti­mate goal of win­ning Su­per Bowls.”

Stan­ley can start to pay back some of that money tonight when the Ravens host arch-ri­vals Pitts­burgh, with the Steel­ers the only un­beaten team left in the league go­ing into week eight of the sea­son.

 ??  ?? BIG DEAL Ron­nie Stan­ley
BIG DEAL Ron­nie Stan­ley

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