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Ex-Colt’s son gets final thrill

By JOHN ROMANO

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 21, 2001


OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Lenny Moore has been a familiar sight around the Ravens training complex since the team moved to Baltimore.

The Colts Hall of Famer has become friendly with the players and occasionally has been asked to address the team at practice.

Moore was there Saturday to deliver a special message after the team's final workout before heading to Tampa.

His son died Monday after a long illness and Moore said his last day was spent watching the Ravens beat the Raiders in the AFC Championship Game. Moore thanked the Ravens for making his final day special.

"It was very special for Lenny, in his time of sorrow, to come out here and give us encouragement," tight end Shannon Sharpe said.

"It was really great he was able to share those final moments with his son and his family," receiver Qadry Ismail said. "It made me appreciate a little more what I do."

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: The Ravens had to contend with freezing rain again in their final workout, but coach Brian Billick said the three days of light practices went as planned.

"We got done this week what needed to be done and that was getting them to mentally absorb the game plan," Billick said. "We'll address the physical part more vigorously next week. But we needed this week to get ourselves rested physically."

The Ravens have a light schedule the next three days. They are off today, they will participate in a downtown Baltimore pep rally Monday before flying to Tampa and will have the Super Bowl media day on Tuesday. Billick said he will include a few team meetings on Monday and Tuesday to keep their focus sharp.

"I don't want them to lose over the next three days what we've gained in the past week," Billick said.

DON'T TALK: Linebacker Ray Lewis said he did not want to hear about it when someone mentioned the Giants were planning to establish a running game. The Ravens set the NFL record this season for fewest rushing yards allowed.

"It doesn't matter what they say. It's all jibber jabber," Lewis said. "It doesn't matter because everybody has been saying that all year. We'll wait until we get on the field and see what happens."

TUCKED IN: The team may have warned players about staying away from Tampa's adult establishments, but Billick said he never has had bed checks and has no plans to do so.

"The first meeting I had with this group, we talked about passion for the game and accountability," Billick said. "If you can't be where you're supposed to be, particularly in an environment like this, we got problems bigger than you not being in at night. I have a tough time going around and knocking on the door to see if a grown man is where he's supposed to be."

WEIGHT WATCHER: Defensive tackle Tony Siragusa, who is listed at 342 pounds but is rumored to be in the 370 range, was munching on his lunch before a scheduled interview and refused to come into the room until he finished the sandwich because he said photographers were dying to get pictures of him eating.

Siragusa did point out that he was eating an egg-salad sandwich.

"I'm sticking with the high proteins, maybe drop a couple of tons before the big game," Siragusa said. "I'll look stout in my uniform."

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