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2017 Baltimore Ravens Yearbook

IN MEMORIAM 2017 BALTIMORE RAVENS YEARBOOK 19 MICHAEL JACKSON Former Ravens WR Michael Jackson tragically passed away in a motorcycle accident on May 12, 2017 in his hometown of Tangipahoa, La. He was just 48 years old. Jackson played eight seasons in the NFL, and his final three were spent with the Ravens. He moved with the franchise from Cleveland in 1996. “Our hearts are saddened by the awful news involving Michael,” Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said. “He was a vibrant person who became one of the first Ravens heroes and a popular player among Baltimore fans. Well known for his big smile and welcoming nature, it was easy to feel a special connection with Michael. “Michael was also a community leader who inspired many people, not only during his time in the NFL, but afterwards when he became the mayor of his hometown in Louisiana,” Newsome added. Jackson still holds the Ravens’ record for most receiving yards in a single season after he posted 1,201 yards on 76 catches in 1996 – the franchise’s first year in Baltimore. Jackson’s 14 TDs were tied for the league lead that season, and he finished sixth in yardage. Jackson, fellow WR Derrick Alexander and QB Vinny Testaverde combined to give the Ravens one of the NFL’s top passing duos in 1996. Jackson and Alexander both topped 1,000 yards, an accomplishment no Ravens wide receiver tandem has accomplished since. “One of my most rewarding achievements after retiring as a player was watching Michael develop as a wide receiver,” said Newsome, who also moved with Jackson from Cleveland to Baltimore. KONRAD REULAND Former Ravens TE Konrad Reuland passed away in California on Dec. 12, 2016 at the age of 29. Reuland suffered a brain aneurism in November and fought for his life for over two weeks. Stated head coach John Harbaugh: “We love Konrad Reuland. Every single guy in the locker room loves him and knows him.” Reuland spent portions of the 2014-15 seasons on Baltimore’s practice squad and active roster after playing for the Jets in 2012-13. He played in four contests with the Ravens during the 2015 campaign. For his entire career, the former Stanford standout saw action in 30 NFL games (four starts), posting 12 catches for 90 yards. Three days after Reuland’s death, baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew received a new heart and kidney after more than a year of health issues. All he knew was that the organs came from a 29-year-old male donor who had died at UCLA Medical Center. All Reuland’s family knew was that Konrad’s heart and left kidney had gone to a 71-year-old man in Southern California. Incredibly, both families soon connected the dots and realized that Carew’s heart and kidney had come from Reuland. In the weeks after Konrad’s passing, his family finally met Carew. When Konrad’s mother, Mary, first saw Rod, she greeted him warmly with a big hug and said, “You’re part of our family now.”


2017 Baltimore Ravens Yearbook
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