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Late For Work 6/28: More To Foxworth Than First Meets The Eye

And the Smith’s workout with each other, another Raven got hitched, Suggs pummels heckler.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 at 9:25 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

More To Foxworth Than First Meets The Eye

Perhaps the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the name Domonique Foxworth is: ‘Will he be one of the Ravens’ starting corners in 2011?’

The seven-year veteran continues to rehab from the torn anterior cruciate ligament he sustained before the first day of training camp last year, and his return could be a major boost to the Ravens’ defensive backfield.

As important as his contributions on the field will be, the Baltimore Sun’s Ken Murray believes “there’s a lot more to Domonique Foxworth than first meets the eye.”

Inspired by Foxworth’s “eloquent” piece as the guest writer for the well-respected Monday Morning Quarterback column, Murray reminds us of the various other roles Foxworth plays on a daily basis.

As a member of the NFL Players Association executive committee, the University of Maryland product has attended just about every major labor meeting this offseason, “a cause for which he is more than equipped. His voice is respected on both sides of the table.”

Additionally, Foxworth and his wife have recently welcomed their newborn son into the world, and the 28-year-old father takes that role just as seriously as his football career.

“The book ‘Parenting with Love & Logic’ was recommended to me,” Foxworth tweeted just last week. “I’m 4 chapters in, it’s pretty good. Any more parenting advice for me?”

Foxworth’s wife is equally impressive. After giving birth, she still managed to finish law school and graduated in late May. She didn’t get that law degree from just any law school – it was HARVARD Law School.

At my wife’s Harvard law school graduation,” Foxworth wrote last month. “She’s such a good mom and wife and beautiful I’m so proud!”

Amidst all these critical responsibilities, “Fox” hasn’t forgotten about his role in the community. He runs Baltimore BORN, a non-profit program that offers educational help to low-income boys in Baltimore.

He’s the type of guy Ravens fans can be proud of as he represents their team and city.

“Regardless of what happens in the labor negotiations and in Foxworth’s post-surgery career, he clearly has a future serving as a leader and spokesman in the community,” wrote Murray. “Baltimore couldn’t ask for a better one.”

The Smiths Workout With Each Other

The NFLPA hosted a rookie symposium yesterday in Bradenton, Fla., giving the Ravens’ top two draft picks – Jimmy and Torrey Smith – an opportunity to get in a workout with each other.

“Jus worked out wit drew [Rosenhaus] my agent and my patna torrey smith,” Jimmy tweeted yesterday.

While it’s nice to hear the Smith’s could get together – especially with Jimmy living out west with fewer opportunities to meet up with his new Ravens teammates – it’s equally important to hear the two rookies were able to attend the symposium.

NFL rookies attended a 90-minute seminar on financial management, stressing that they should be prudent spenders early in their careers. According to FoxSports.com, attendees were even given a drafted letter they can use when people approach them for money that essentially says, “‘I’m going to take the next year getting used to being in the NFL. I’m not going to make any major commitments.”

The hope is that the youngsters avoid situations like 11-year NFL star Luther Eillis’. He earned $20 million over the course of his career and still had to file for bankruptcy.

Such lessons will be life-altering for the rookies, which is why CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman said it was “inexcusable” that nearly 100 rookies “blew off the event,” especially when considering the NFLPA paid for all the expenses to attend.

“The NFL makes its symposium mandatory and attendance is almost perfect every year. Of course the trade association can’t make players go, but it shouldn’t have to. This is bad. This is an indictment on this rookie class.”

Based off a tweet from Torrey, it appears he and Jimmy were joined by running back Anthony Allen, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and tackle Jah Reid at the symposium.

Another Raven Got Married this Weekend

Yesterday, we mentioned that quarterback Joe Flacco married his high school sweetheart this weekend.

What we failed to mention was that long snapper Morgan Cox also got hitched.

Sports broadcaster Jason Lewis wouldn’t let us completely overlook the event, tweeting, “@1WinningDrive you’re forgetting the other #Raven who also got married this weekend as well, @cmorgancox”

My bad, Morgan.

Congratulations and best wishes to you and @laurenbellcox!

Stallworth Says Pryor ‘Can Sling The Ball’

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor has rubbed shoulders with several NFL stars as he hopefully prepares for his entrance into the NFL via the supplemental draft.

He’s also impressed a long list of those veterans while working out with them and other Rosenhaus clients in Florida, including Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco and Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo.

Now, Ravens pending free agent receiver Donte’ Stallworth is singing Pryor’s praises.

The kid can sling the ball,” Stallworth told National Football Post.”He’s got an arm, he can throw. I think the best thing about him is he’s willing to work. He understands he made some mistakes. I think he’s really focusing on football and wants to show everybody he can be a good quarterback in the league.

“He has the right mentality and the right work ethic. He’s a hard worker. He’s a perfectionist. The way he goes about his work, he wants every throw to be perfect. He doesn’t let anything go. If he throws a ball and it bounces off a guy’s chest. He wants to do it over again. I like the guy. The kid’s got a great work ethic.”

Suggs Lays Out A Guy In Jimmy Kimmel Bit

Jimmy Kimmel is trying to help out NFL players during the lockout by offering them employment on his show.  What a nice guy.

And sure, Suggs is super busy with his production company, Sizzle Worldwide, but he accepted the job to help Kimmel’s sidekick, Guillermo, shoot a heckle-free segment out on the street.

After Suggs pummels one heckler into the concrete sidewalk, I don’t foresee any future heckling problems.

Quick Hits

  • MichaelOher: RT @LeighAnneTuohy: @michaeloher did you know u were a question on jeopardy today, now that is big time!<<that is big time! [Twitter]
  • Foxworth24: For my tweeps that think I can be a pro writer that’s like sayin to the guy who hits a halfcourt shot at halftime you should be in the NBA [Twitter]
  • Who is the best player in the NFL? According to receiver Derrick Mason, it’s Colts quarterback Peyton Manning “hands down.” Mason added the only other player that can dramatically change his team’s performance by simply being on the field the way Manning does is Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed. [105.7 The Fan]
  • RayRice27: Just cracked 100,000 followers thanks for all the love and support people y’all are the best [Twitter]
  • raylewis52com: Workout number two for the day.  Be part of the fitness revolution…get up and move today! [Twitter]
  • Get a look into fullback Le’Ron McClain’s “lockout diaries.”  Oh and his reaction to LaMarr Woodley, “He’s got to get to me to get to Joe.” [ESPN]

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