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How one former Raven's heart is keeping a Major League legend alive

How one former Raven's heart is keeping a Major League legend alive

When ex-Ravens tight end Konrad Reuland died last December, John Harbaugh took the podium later that evening after a Monday Night game and told reporters, "Every single guy in that locker room loves him who knows him."

Of course, there are plenty of people outside of Baltimore's locker room who loved Reuland, too. And thanks to a powerful story published Friday by Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News, everyone now understands why Rod Carew is one of those people.

Just a few months before suffering a fatal brain aneurysm, Reuland signed up to be an organ donor, Brown writes. Carew, meanwhile — an 18-time MLB All-Star — needed a new heart after having a massive heart attack in 2015.

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The heart he eventually received turned out to be Reuland's.

"I just thank him for saving my life and putting a roaring heart inside my body," Carew said. "We have a long way to go together."

To add another wrinkle to an already amazing account, Reuland had actually met Carew back when Reuland was a sixth-grader. Afterward, he excitedly told his mom about the news.

No one knew then that it would be Reuland who'd end up having a much bigger effect on Carew's life. 

You can read the whole story on Konrad Reuland and Rod Carew here.

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Amid Eric Decker rumors, Ravens front office now shifts attention to offensive line

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Amid Eric Decker rumors, Ravens front office now shifts attention to offensive line

Following the signing of veteran receiver Jeremy Maclin, the Ravens were rumored to be a potential suitor for Eric Decker after his release from the New York Jets. 

Although receiver is a position that must improve, Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti recently made it clear that the team needs to address the offensive line now. 

The Ravens offensive line faces major changes after right tackle Ricky Wagner signed with the Detroit Lions this offseason, center Jeremy Zuttah was traded to the 49ers, and guard Marshal Yanda is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. 

In the 2016 draft, the Ravens took Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley with the 6th overall pick. Stanley had an impressive rookie campaign, earning AFC North Rookie of the Year in a season where he only allowed three sacks while blocking for Flacco. 

The team added some young talent in this year's draft as well, taking guard Nico Siragusa (No. 122) and Jermaine Eluemunor (No. 159) both in the fourth round. 

However, it is unsure if either rookie is ready to be thrown into the starting offensive line right away.

The Ravens front office may have just made a big splash when signing Jeremy Maclin, but they aren't quite done fixing an offense that has suffered many departures over the years. 

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In addition to signing a two-year deal with the Ravens, WR Jeremy Maclin is getting free crab cakes for life

In addition to signing a two-year deal with the Ravens, WR Jeremy Maclin is getting free crab cakes for life

Like they said in Wedding Crashers: "Crab cakes and football, that's what Maryland does!"

When word got out last week that veteran WR Jeremy Maclin was meeting with the Ravens to possibly pen a deal, one Maryland restaurant took matters into their own hands. 

Jimmy's Seafood, a well known seafood restaurant in Dundalk, Maryland, tweeted at Maclin and presented him with a delicious incentive. 

On Monday, Maclin signed a two-year deal with the Ravens. Maclin was also in talks with the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles, but I guess he prefers crab cakes over buffalo wings and cheese steaks. 

Soon after the deal became official, Maclin responded to Jimmy's Seafood's tweet.

The restaurant has strong relationships with many current and former Ravens such as Tony Jefferson, Torrey Smith and Jonathan Ogden.

CEO of the restaurant, John Minadakis, isn't too worried about supplying the wide receiver with as many crab cakes as he would like.

"How many crab cakes can one person eat?" Minadakis said. "It's not going to take us out of business. That's for sure."

The restaurant is even willing to offer up the same deal to other potential Ravens prospects like Eric Decker, who was released from the Jets on Monday.

Whether or not their offer had that much of an effect on Maclin's decision, the man will be eating good for a very long time. 

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