Tag:Brandon McKinney
Posted on: April 3, 2011 4:29 pm
Edited on: April 3, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Nakamura helps raise $60K for Japan relief

H. Nakamura helped raise $60,000 to help his countrymen (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear radiation package deal that has devastated Japan – and made big reverberations around the world – Ravens S Haruki Nakamura felt he had to do something for his heritage.

So, he, along with the Red Cross, organized a relief effort Saturday where players like Nakamura, QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice, FS Ed Reed, DT Brandon McKinney, CB Chris Carr and former WR Qadry Ismail signed autographs in exchange for money that went to the Red Cross International Fund.

And it was a big-time success.

According to the National Football Post, $60,000 was raised.

"When we were pulling up, I had goosebumps," Nakamura said to NFP. "It was crazy. It's not what we expected. It was a small idea, and this is huge. It's awesome. It means a lot. It shows how much people really care."

More from Aaron Wilson’s story:

Some fans complained via Twitter that they were unable to make it through the long lines to get autographs, but emphasized that the event was for a good cause.

Reed traveled from Atlanta to be there. And Rice and Flacco drove in from New York and New Jersey, respectively, to support Nakamura.

"When you see things happen on the news, you realize it's not just about you," Rice said. "We're all a family. It's always great to come out to events like this when you've got a guy whose family is out there and is affected by things like this."

"That’s the American spirit," Carr said. "People want to help out those who are less fortunate, and that’s why we’re here. It's for a great cause."


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Posted on: September 29, 2010 10:15 am
Edited on: September 29, 2010 11:52 am
 

Ravens release Trevor Pryce

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In a somewhat surprising move, the Ravens announced this morning that they’ve cut DE Trevor Pryce, the team’s sack leader last year, and have re-signed S Ken Hamlin.

Perhaps Pryce should have known his roster spot was in trouble when he took a $2.5 million paycut before the season. He hadn’t played as much this year, and he only recorded a single assisted tackle in the team’s first three games.

Cory Redding had moved ahead of him on the depth chart, and DT Brandon McKinney has been playing well. Although Redding suffered a concussion last Sunday – another reason the release of Pryce is a surprise – expect rookie NT Terrence Cody to be active for the first time in his career when the team faces the Steelers on Sunday.

Considering the 35-year-old Pryce has slowed down considerably, today might have been Pryce’s last day in an NFL locker room.

For his career, Pryce totaled 90 sacks, the fourth-most among active players and the 34th-best number in NFL history.

UPDATE (10:22 a.m.):
According to a Pro Football Talk source, the Ravens could have dumped Pryce simply to make room for Hamlin. That means the team might re-sign Pryce next week.

UPDATE (11:35 a.m.): During his meeting with the media today, Harbaugh said it was a high possibility Pryce would be back with the team.

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