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    Re: Best and Worst Interactions with NFL Players?



    I met Matt Stover at a swim meet. He was being a typical dad, running around the pool trying to get photos of his kids in the water, but he signed autographs for all of the kids who approached him. My wife talked to him for a couple of minutes, having no clue who he was, even though she would have recognized him instantly in a football context.
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    Re: Best and Worst Interactions with NFL Players?

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    I used to manage the EB Games in Owings Mills mall so I had a lot of player interactions. Met Ngata, Suggs, Adam Terry, Steve McNair, Ovie Mughilli, Billick, Boller, Mason, Clayton, Ja. Lewis, CMac, and a bunch of others.

    I'd always give them my card with my cell written on it and tell them if they ever wanted any hard to find game or system to call me and I'd find them one. Got McNair a pair of Wiis back when you couldn't find one to save your life and he thanked me with an autographed helmet with about half the teams' signatures on it.

    I also used to play Madden online with a couple of the bottom of the roster guys, and once Sizzle got in on it and I ended up sacking his QB with himself in the game.

    These days whenever I run into Ravens I try to just get a handshake and tell them I'm a fan. I don't bother them for autographs and such because I find they're often more willing to actually talk to you if you just treat them like a normal person.

    I mentioned in another thread that I ran into Pitta this week and that's exactly how it went down. Bunch of people were pestering him for pictures and autographs and he was clearly not in the mood to deal with the mob so when walked past me I just offered him my hand, wished him a great season and prepared to move on. I guess he was so relieved that I wasn't trying to get something from him that he actually took a minute to chat. Nice guy.
    I wonder if you worked there when I was going in while in high school.




  3. #33

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeWedra View Post
    Have to agree that Ray Rice is probably the nicest guy I have met. We go down to field-level before every game, and Tyrod Taylor is always really good with the fans. He gives away a lot of headbands, gloves, and wristbands almost every game. Also, Michael Oher signs EVERYONE's stuff before every home game as he walks in.

    Shout out to Matt Birk, who will always go down as one of the best with fans.
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    On Saturday's when I was a kid we'd ride our bicycles up the street to Artie Donovan's liquor store cause that's the day he'd get the beer kegs in and he'd throw them around like they were nothin' telling jokes and making us all laugh like hell. Saw Mr. Unitas alot too. If you offered him money for an autograph he'd probably look at you like you had three heads. He never denied anybody his signature.

    Edwin Mullitalo would always bring several players to the Ravens Roost convention in OC every year (It starts in 2 weeks btw). One year he, Rob Burnett, Marques Douglas, some safety we got from Indy, myself and a few fans sat around in beach chairs, shooting the bull after a volley ball game while Edgerton Hartwell (who was popular back then ) made mudpies in the sand with my 3 year old granddaughter. They hung out all weekend like regular folks.

    One year our Roost got asked to help Ray Lewis throw a Christmas party for 2,000 Baltimore City school kids at Martins West. Ray's Mom put us all to work. Ray looked at me and said "There's gonna be 2,000 kids here, come up with a seating plan. You can handle it!" He hired some top notch Rap artists that were popular with kids to perform for them. Backstage he had a couple dozen bicycles lined up going down the hall and he played Santa Claus giving them away to the kids. Those kids were screaming for him. They loved him. After the party he sat down with us and talked for a good while. It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen.

    Last year downey Oshun, Kyle Richardson saw my grandson Mikie in his wheel chair (he has cerebral palsy) and he came over and put his Super Bowl ring on his finger. He said "the pleasure's all mine".

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    In the Pittsburgh airport in 2006 and saw a guy walking towards me that was really big dressed in a Michael Irvin special (dark brown plaid summer suit with short sleeves). I said to myself that this fucker looks like Rothlisberger. Well it was the Rapist. He was a few months removed from accident with scabs on his knuckles (and head.....when he sat down on the plane I could see the scab on the top of his head). He sat behind the counter so he wouldn't be disturbed but for the most part he was quiet. When I got off the plane in DC he walked thru a crowded Regan National with hardly any fanfare. One thing about him is he's truly a big guy (6'5"+, 260).

    I met Brendan Ayenbadago in Regan a month ago. Cool dude. Ripped but looks like the Alien from Close Encounters From the Third Kind.

    Rode on a flight with Eric Decosta for the Tits game in 2011. Cool, smart dude. If the Pats came calling to run the organization he's gone in a NY minute since he's a Boston guy. Family man through and through.

    Zeus sat in my section at one game. Biggest human being I've ever seen next to Gheorge Muresean. Intimidating as hell but nice.




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    Re: Best and Worst Interactions with NFL Players?

    Quote Originally Posted by moose10101 View Post
    I met Matt Stover at a swim meet. He was being a typical dad, running around the pool trying to get photos of his kids in the water, but he signed autographs for all of the kids who approached him. My wife talked to him for a couple of minutes, having no clue who he was, even though she would have recognized him instantly in a football context.
    Matt Stover is a great, humble man. His daughter and my daughter played together in a youth rec lacrosse league when they were quite young (and Matt was in his prime), so we would chat it up on the sidelines all the time, talking about everything except football. The man has no ego and is extremely down to earth, and so is his wife.




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    Re: Best and Worst Interactions with NFL Players?

    I worked as a busboy at a Country Club back in '99 and Bisciotti was a member there.

    From my experiences, he was always very nice, but some of his friends were kinda d-bags. Working in that kind of environment, you can tell who came from money and who earned it. He always came off as someone who earned it.




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    Quote Originally Posted by OhThePossibilities View Post
    I worked as a busboy at a Country Club back in '99 and Bisciotti was a member there.

    From my experiences, he was always very nice, but some of his friends were kinda d-bags. Working in that kind of environment, you can tell who came from money and who earned it. He always came off as someone who earned it.
    What were his friends like and were any famous?




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    Quote Originally Posted by baltimorebred View Post
    What were his friends like and were any famous?
    It was '99, before he bought into the team. I doubt he knew anyone that famous. From my experience his friends just seemed like your typical Severna Park rich assholes who grew up with money.




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    Went to rooking training camp in 2009. I know some guys on the board has said good things about Webb, so I figured I would call him over after their practice. He was just standing by himself with a trainer when the guys were signing autographs so I called his name. He seemed genuinely surprised that someone wanted his autograph and came right over. Couldn't have been any more pleasant. Even said "I don't know if I'm even doing this right" when he was signing my pennant.

    About 2-3 years later, I went to a pre-season game in Philly. I was able to score on-field passes before the game, which was an amazing experience. None of the players were signing as they were doing their warm-ups, but I caught Webbie's eye before returning to the locker-room and he mouthed "After the game".

    After the game ended, I waited for all the players to walk back to the locker-room and sure enough Webb came right over. He told me that he remembered me from his rookie training camp, signed my jersey, and gave me his glove. We chatted for a minute or two and then I told him good luck on the rest of the season. Overall, great guy.

    Also a side note to that pre-season game, I was sitting towards the end of the Raven's bench and since it was pre-season Suggs was on the sideline for a majority of it. Him and Ed were just fooling around towards the end, which was real funny to see. Suggs even gave me a couple head-nods and points after seeing my jersey (Which was #55). Definitely a great experience.




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    Quote Originally Posted by OhThePossibilities View Post
    It was '99, before he bought into the team. I doubt he knew anyone that famous. From my experience his friends just seemed like your typical Severna Park rich assholes who grew up with money.
    Was it Chartwell?

    I know he is still a member there, even though he could probably buy the entire subdivision it is contained in.




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    My wife says that I am like the movie character Forest Gump who would repeatedly run into famous Americans. My best:

    • Sitting at a bar with Mrs T, Steve Bisciotti (then the minority owner), and one of his business associates who we have known for decades. Steve espoused that he would learn the trade as minority owner, but not engage full-time as owner until his sons matured past teens because that was the time that boys needed their father and he knew that running the Ravens would take up all of his time. Very impressive as a father.
    • Awaiting a Southwest flight to Albuquerque at BWI, Mike McCrary was in the special line for youngsters, elderly, and crippled. Mike's knee was so bad at that time that he had to stretch it out while sitting on the floor. He told me that it was essentially bone on bone.
    • Another McCrary tale was when leaving an event in Annapolis, he spotted a cool looking Ravens baseball cap. He turned to his Mom Sandy for the $5 to buy the hat. IIRC, some combination of Greg, the Fanatic, and Ravenous52 were there chuckling at the multi-million dollar free agent who had to borrow money from his Mom.
    • Billy Kilmer - former DC Redskins QB who lived in New Orleans. That guy could really party at a New Orleans bar which I used to frequent. He also was a gentleman who showed a lot of respect for the Colts and Baltimore fans.
    • Walking down Bourbon Street during a Mardi Gras, my wife was grabbed and given a unexpected warm embrace by a huge guy wearing a Colts hat. She asked: who are you and why are you hugging me? He pointed to her Colts jersey, and showed his Super Bowl ring. She was embarrassed not to recognize him, asking for his name. He stated "Smith". She said: "you are a little too light-skinned to be Bubba". Bill Ray then poured on the southern charm to make her feel comfortable for not recognizing him. Honestly, pre-internet, I only recognized his face myself, but couldn't make the match of his name either.
    • John Steadman, former sportswriter for the Baltimore News American, IMHO our best ever journalist. Both of us changing planes in Pittsburgh in the early 90s, Steadman pontificated on the upcoming NFL expansion derby that we would never get an expansion team in Baltimore due to Jack Kent Cooke's influence. He predicted that there would be enough interest among NFL owners to either sell to Baltimore investors or to move a team outright.
    • Player who shall remain nameless was drunk/stoned at a bar, passing his SB ring around to other bar patrons who were strangers. Idiot!
    • Rode transcontinental sitting next to ABC sports analyst Jim Palmer flying business class (somehow I got upgraded). 4 hours were spent yacking about raising teenagers, perhaps only 1/2 hour on his career with the Orioles.
    • Multiple road trips, just hang out with Ravenous52 to get many of the Ravens starters engaged with the crowd. I don't know how he does it, but the players see him and will divert from walking to the team bus, or even come out of the bus, to come over to our group at the beckoning of Ravenous52, for photos and horsing around. This has included Reed, Lewis, Ogden, Boller, Gregg, Heap. They all apparently knew him.
    In a 2003 BBC poll that asked Brits to name the "Greatest American Ever", Mr. T came in fourth, behind ML King (3rd), Abe Lincoln (2nd) and Homer Simpson (1st).




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    Quote Originally Posted by Mista T View Post
    My wife says that I am like the movie character Forest Gump who would repeatedly run into famous Americans. My best:

    • Sitting at a bar with Mrs T, Steve Bisciotti (then the minority owner), and one of his business associates who we have known for decades. Steve espoused that he would learn the trade as minority owner, but not engage full-time as owner until his sons matured past teens because that was the time that boys needed their father and he knew that running the Ravens would take up all of his time. Very impressive as a father.
    • Awaiting a Southwest flight to Albuquerque at BWI, Mike McCrary was in the special line for youngsters, elderly, and crippled. Mike's knee was so bad at that time that he had to stretch it out while sitting on the floor. He told me that it was essentially bone on bone.
    • Another McCrary tale was when leaving an event in Annapolis, he spotted a cool looking Ravens baseball cap. He turned to his Mom Sandy for the $5 to buy the hat. IIRC, some combination of Greg, the Fanatic, and Ravenous52 were there chuckling at the multi-million dollar free agent who had to borrow money from his Mom.
    • Billy Kilmer - former DC Redskins QB who lived in New Orleans. That guy could really party at a New Orleans bar which I used to frequent. He also was a gentleman who showed a lot of respect for the Colts and Baltimore fans.
    • Walking down Bourbon Street during a Mardi Gras, my wife was grabbed and given a unexpected warm embrace by a huge guy wearing a Colts hat. She asked: who are you and why are you hugging me? He pointed to her Colts jersey, and showed his Super Bowl ring. She was embarrassed not to recognize him, asking for his name. He stated "Smith". She said: "you are a little too light-skinned to be Bubba". Bill Ray then poured on the southern charm to make her feel comfortable for not recognizing him. Honestly, pre-internet, I only recognized his face myself, but couldn't make the match of his name either.
    • John Steadman, former sportswriter for the Baltimore News American, IMHO our best ever journalist. Both of us changing planes in Pittsburgh in the early 90s, Steadman pontificated on the upcoming NFL expansion derby that we would never get an expansion team in Baltimore due to Jack Kent Cooke's influence. He predicted that there would be enough interest among NFL owners to either sell to Baltimore investors or to move a team outright.
    • Player who shall remain nameless was drunk/stoned at a bar, passing his SB ring around to other bar patrons who were strangers. Idiot!
    • Rode transcontinental sitting next to ABC sports analyst Jim Palmer flying business class (somehow I got upgraded). 4 hours were spent yacking about raising teenagers, perhaps only 1/2 hour on his career with the Orioles.
    • Multiple road trips, just hang out with Ravenous52 to get many of the Ravens starters engaged with the crowd. I don't know how he does it, but the players see him and will divert from walking to the team bus, or even come out of the bus, to come over to our group at the beckoning of Ravenous52, for photos and horsing around. This has included Reed, Lewis, Ogden, Boller, Gregg, Heap. They all apparently knew him.
    Chris McAlister?




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    Watched the recent Super Bowl win at Mothers. McCrary was there at the end. We exchanged high-fives. That's all I got

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    I live in NY so I'm not as fortunate or close by to get the opportunity to see some Ravens but I did one year go down to Orioles spring training. I wanna say it was 2008.

    I remember meeting Kevin Millar who was funny as usual (love the guy on Intentional Talk)...wearing a Yankees hat and the guy doesn't even crack a joke. He actually wears the hat on the show to piss off Sox/O's fans all the time lol. Daniel Cabrera, Jeremy Guthrie, Omir Santos...all were polite and nice to talk to. I feel bad for Nick Markakis who I remember annoying the crap out of to get his autograph.

    I remember when walking out of the stadium, I was with a buddy of mine who is a Mets fan and we saw Steve Trachsel and they chatted for a bit, and he made fun of my Yankees hat (don't blame him, was expecting a bit more than just him).

    I don't know if Brian Roberts was in a bad mood that day but he must have ran to his car as fast as he could and zipped right out of there...wasn't even going to try to interact with fans. Aubrey Huff if I recall also wasn't in the talking mood. Back then I was pissed at them but...can you blame them? It's kind of inconvenient and annoying when this is happening everyday.

    Also went to Mets/Cardinals spring training that year (Talked to David Wright and Chris Carpenter among others...both amazing players and human beings). That was a fun week.




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