Today will be the first official full team workout of the 2013 NFL season for the Baltimore Ravens as training camp goes into full swing, but yesterday the coaching staff canceled practice to take the already reported players to visit Gettysburg as a team building exercise.
Football is almost always referred to as a battle on the field and yesterday the Ravens rookies and several veterans visited a whole different type of battlefield.
Gettysburg was of course the site of the historic Civil War battle, and Head Coach John Harbaugh is a big history buff, so he was certainly comfortable in relaying and preaching certain information, including leadership.
“I’ve never really been into history like that,” rookie linebacker Arthur Brown said on the Ravens official website. “But like our leaders were saying out here, it relates to what we do as football players. What I got from it is what it takes to win a battle, to overcome adversity and keeping the big picture in mind. Keeping the focus on the common goal and achieving that goal.”
The Ravens were shown around the historic piece of land by two Gettysburg historians as well as six members of the Maryland Army National Guard, and not to mention Harbaugh. Players were given the story of the battle at Gettysburg and presented with several quotes and scenarios where the leaders showed why they were in the position they were in.
“Leadership out here is like leadership on the football field and in the trenches,” rookie wide receiver
Gerrard Sheppard said. "Not looking to your left and your right, and just trusting each other definitely applies to the football field. It’s about believing in your next door neighbor, your teammates, to have your back.”
It was evident that the players took the lessons learned very seriously and how they can relate the great sacrifices made by our past leaders and apply them to what they do best, football.
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