Big Night with the Ravens Rookies at The Bowma

June 12, 2007 | Nestor Aparicio

There was lots of fun to be had last night in Carney, as we introduced the Ravens’ 2007 rookie draft class at The Bowman Restaurant.

First-round pick Ben Grubbs and Iowa’s Marshal Yanda were the first two to grace the stage, discussing college rivalries and their draft day memories. Big Ben even sang the "War Eagle" fight song from Auburn.


Next up were Yamon Figurs and Le’ron McClain, who drove over from Owings Mills together. Figurs — my favorite Raven for 2007, because he smiles a lot — discussed his first-ever flight into Kansas from his home state of Florida, and McClain spoke of the joys of Bear Bryant and Alabama football.

Finally, Antwan Barnes and Prescott Burgess worked the room, with Barnes giving a blow by blow (or maybe a laugh by laugh) of Florida International’s brawl with Miami as well as humming the Michigan fight song.

Quarterback Troy Smith was slated to attend, but had a family travel complication last night and text along his condolences and said he’d certainly get out to see the WNST.net fans this fall when we start up our full slate of Monday Night Live shows.

All told, a super June night in Baltimore, talking football, dreams and the life in the NFL with a bunch of kids who were still in school less than seven weeks ago!

There were funny pictures, artwork on display as a WNST.net reader brought by blank canvases to have the players draw on and one cat brought his camera, took pictures and ran across the street to the CVS to get them developed and got them signed before he left.

A strange night in Carney!

Best story: Antwan Barnes asking Ray Lewis for an autograph!

Tune in today at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. or tomorrow at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. for a full replay and hear for yourself.

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