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Fun time

Ravens parade celebrities before team in final practice

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Posted: Friday January 26, 2001 8:39 PM

  Jim Brown, Spike Lee Jim Brown and Spike Lee are two of the celebrities who have taken in team practices at Super Bowl XXXV. AP

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Even with the biggest of games looming, the Baltimore Ravens didn't dispense with what has become a Friday practice ritual.

As usual, head coach Brian Billick designated a non-kicker to attempt an extra point. Normally, the guest kicker is another player. This time, though, it was film director Spike Lee.

If Lee had made the kick, Billick would have donated $500 to Lee's alma mater, Morehouse College in Georgia.

Before the kick, defensive tackle Tony Siragusa yelled, "I got $50 says no." Siragusa is one of only two Ravens to make the kick. Quarterback Chris Redman is the other.

 
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The snap was good, the hold was solid, and Lee booted a ball that went straight and reached the goal post -- but never got off the ground. The Ravens booed.

"He's got some work to do," Billick said. "Maybe he's spent too much on free throws instead of extra points. But we'll coach him up and have him back next year."

After the kick, the Ravens quickly changed gears and returned to practice. They worked for 90 minutes in helmets and no pads. They will have a final walk-through Saturday at Raymond James Stadium.

Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, boxing great Joe Frazier and home run king Hank Aaron also were at practice.

Billick called the day a pep rally as much as a practice.

"But this is part of it," he said. "It's the standard way we operate."


 
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