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Matthew Waters

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Matthew Waters is a die-hard Philadelphia sports fan that studied Journalism at the University of Delaware. He covered NASCAR, college football, college basketball and prep sports before joining the Eagles24x7.com team. 

Dave Kropp

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David Kropp, a freshman studying in the field of Mass Communications at Bloomsburg University has a passion for sports writing. Along with writing for this website, David is an assistant sports editor for Bloomsburg’s newspaper entitled “The Voice." He also has his own sports radio show entitled “Kropp’s Korner – Your Facts, Feedback, & Sports” on 91.1FM WBUQ.  The station will be streaming live via internet at a later date. While suffering a traumatic knee injury his junior year at Sun Valley High School in Aston, PA, the injury opened his eyes about what he would really love to have a career in, which is writing and analyzing sports. David earned the Bill Brown Memorial Scholarship his senior year in high school. For his articles on The Birds, he will talk about the past, present, and upcoming occurrences for the team. He assures readers that his articles will be intriguing and topics of discussion for sports fans. David is willing to receive any comments from readers, even criticism. He’ll probably deserve it anyway.

Tony Lombardi

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Tony is Profootball24x7.com's founder and has been contributing columns and reports for the site since its inception on July 3, 2003.  His work has been featured on various sports websites and he has been a guest on several local and out of town sports radio programs. 

A diehard Fab Four fan, Tony aspires to settle down nearby Mallory Square, is a frustrated musician who thinks beating on the steering wheel is akin to being John Bonham and no, he isn't related to THAT Vince Lombardi although his grandfather, uncle and cousin all share the name.

Dennis Cliggett

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Born and raised on the outskirts of Philadelphia in Bucks County. I attended Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown, PA. After graduation I moved on to Towson University (1998-2002) to study Communications while playing strong safety and returning punts and kicks for the Tigers. I was honored to have served them as Captain my senior year.

There is no better time of year than the fall. It is what we fans live and breathe for and to be given an opportunity to write about it is a true privilege. I like to look at things through an objective scope but tell it like it is without bias. Many fans treat sports like politics and have their mind made up before examining the facts and seeing the whole field

While walking this planet bleeding green my entire life I pray for a day the Lombardi Trophy makes it’s way down Broad Street and puts and end to the misery that plagues myself and fellow Birds fans. 

Derek Arnold

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Derek is originally from and a current resident of Pasadena, MD. He’s a graduate of UMBC and has been a lifelong Baltimore sports fan. In 2007 he founded B’More Birds’ Nest and has been writing about the Ravens and O’s ever since under the name “NestMinder.”

Derek’s work has been featured on Charm City Current, Bleacher Report and WNST. In January 2011, he accompanied GOOB to Dallas and watched the Steelers lose the Super Bowl.

Follow Derek on Twitter: @BMoreBirdsNest


Kurt Backert

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Kurt's passion for the game began in the 60's watching the Colts on TV and at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. He began following the statistics of not only his beloved Colts but also those of the Colts opponents, with a keen eye on Vince Lombardi's Packers. His thirst for and attention to statistical detail would eventually lead Kurt on a journey to the world of fantasy football in the late 1980's where he's captured more titles than John Wooden's UCLA Bruins
Kurt carries a distinction that no other fan of the NFL can boast about.  He is the reigning NFL National Trivia Champion and he credits his Dad for passing on such passion for the game, something Kurt also hopes to pass along to his 9-year-old son.

Mr. Mojo Rizon

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Mr. Mojo Rizon is 24x7’s answer to The Sporting News’ “Fly” and The Sun’s exiled “Mr. Flip.” If you are familiar with those columns, you’ll get it.  If not, sit back, brace yourself and enjoy.

Jim Williams

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Jim is a sports media columnist for Examiner Newspapers in Washington, DC and France 24. He is also an Emmy and Ace award winning TV producer, director and writer.

You can hear Jim Monday and Friday at 7:25AM on the Morning Show heard on Team 990AM in Montreal.  

Jim loves to write and to find out why people like TV and what they enjoy....and also don't like. 

Kris Jones

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Goob, the winner of the DirecTV 2010 Ultimate Displaced Fan contest was raised in Pasadena, MD and graduated from Towson University in 2007. Goob began making videos or GOOBVISION as it's known on Twitter at the start of the 2010 season. He stars here in RaveOnTV.

He has been featured on shows such as The Jim Rome Show, ProFootballTalk Live, The Michael Irvin Show, The SiriusXM Blitz with Rich Gannon and Adam Schein, MadDog Radio on Sirius XM with Christopher "MadDog Russo" Two Live Stews, The Tony Bruno Show, FoxSports.com to name a few (or is that a lot?)

Goob currently lives in Raleigh, NC and is president of the NC Ravens Fan Club which has 150 members.

Twitter: RavenManiac 

David Elfin

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David Elfin first covered the Redskins in 1989. The former President of the Pro Football Writers of America, Elfin has written five books on the Redskins. The latest, “Washington Redskins: The Complete Illustrated History” is now on sale in Washington area stores and online.


Michael Fast

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I was born and raised in Baltimore. While at Towson High School, I played football and gained an appreciation for the game and its subtleties.

After a year at York College of Pennsylvania, I transferred to Towson University. At York and Towson, I hosted various radio shows, wrote for the school paper, spoke on a panel RE: college game day presentation at IBS conference in Manhattan.

Currently, I'm one of the Public Address Announcers for both Towson University and the University of Maryland.


Andy Gershman

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Andrew Gershman was born and raised as a sports fan in Richmond, Virginia. In the Summer of 2009 Andy moved with his family to Jerusalem, Israel.  Shortly after, he appeared weekly as a co-host of the American Sports Talk Show on RustyMike Radio. The show featured interviews and talk with some of the biggest names in sports from the US and Israel. In October of 2010 Andy, along with 2 other partners, launched Israel Sports Radio, the first all sports talk network in the Middle East. The American Sports Talk show moved to a nightly format and once again featured guests from around the world. in addition to radio, Andy has written blogs for Israel Sports Radio and appeared in the Jerusalem Post.

Andy holds a BS from Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts, and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Andy and his family recently moved back to the US and currently live in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Rick Johnson

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Rick Johnson is a native of Baltimore who has followed the local sports scene since the early sixties. Rick has been a regular contributor to the website since November, 2005. His contributions to ProFootball24x7.com range from the business of the NFL (CBA, retired players pensions) to nostalgic retrospectives; from topical sports issues to an occasional book review.
Rick has also lived in Rockville (when the Senators were still losing), Chicago, and Jacksonville, Florida. Rick and his family became overnight celebrities in the Chicago suburb of Hinsdale after they sold their home to Blackhawks star right-winger Dennis Hull in 1972 before moving back to Baltimore.

Leif Swenson

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Chris Johnston

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The Complete QB Team Clinics and Individual Coaching Sessions are provided by the Complete QB Founder and Director, Christopher Johnston. For over a decade, Coach Johnston has trained young men in the Quarterback position, including high school Quarterbacks who earned HCIAA Honors in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. His success with Quarterbacks is due to Coach Johnston's approach as a teacher of those playing the position.

Coach Johnston was previously the QB and DB Coach at Hudson Catholic Regional High School (2007 Group 3 State Semi-Finalist and 2008 Group 2 State Finalist) in Jersey City, New Jersey. Coach Johnston also served as the Defensive Coordinator, Assistant Head Coach, and Quarterbacks Coach at Xavier High School in New York, New York. Coach Johnston's assessment and coaching skills have earned him a solid reputation for his ability to develop Quarterbacks among his coaching peers and thousands of athletes.

Since 2004, in addition to his on-field coaching experience, Coach Johnston's expertise has afforded him multiple opportunities to appear regularly on a variety of Sports Talk Radio Shows regarding the NCAA and NFL Quarterback play.


Will Spencer

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Will Spencer, the founder and lead content writer for Draft Breakdown has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. From Baltimore, he’s had draft related articles published on the Baltimore Ravens official website, Scout.com’s Orange and Brown Report as well as Ravens Insider. Will is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Will graduated from the Sports Management Worldwide Scouting and General Manager class in 2009. Click here to see links to articles written by Will and hear audio of Will on various radio programs and podcasts.  

Brian Startare

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Brian Startare has been a sports talk host for Sportsradio 610WIP in Philadelphia since 2005. He has previously served as the station's Training Camp reporter as well as hosting Eagles' post game shows. Startare has also covered the Eagles for Comcast's CN8 network. He has been the host of The Football Show, that airs on Saturday mornings in Philadelphia since 2006. This is his first season at Eagles24x7.com.


Mark Eckel

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Mark Eckel, an award-winning journalist, was the Eagles beat writer for The Trenton Times from 1985-2005 before becoming the newspaper's columnist in 2006. Eckel has also worked as a correspondent, covering the Eagles for both Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News. He has two books published on the Eagles: It's Gooooood!, the autobiography of Merrill Reese, the voice of the Eagles; and Game Changers: The 50 Greatest Plays in Eagles History.


Pete Visalli

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Tim Williams

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Like many Americans, Tim Williams has long spent Sundays on a quest for the perfect combination of televised football, chilled beer, and loaded nachos.  For many great NFL moments since he was old enough to understand football, Tim has been on a couch, closely observing the game from home.  

Aaron Wilson

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors. 

Josh Smith

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I was born in Hampstead, MD and have lived in Ocean City, MD(summers) and San Diego, Ca (winters) for the past several years. I grew up loving football and being an avid season ticket holder. Ive been to more then half the NFL stadiums and ESPN is what is always on the tv when Im home. Football, surfing and school sums up my life but I wouldn't want it anyother way...

Justin Ford

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Justin was born in Detroit, Michigan and was raised with a football in his crib. He has also lived in Hartford, Connecticut, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Justin is an NFL Draft analyst and enthusiast.

Justin first began to love the idea of building a team through the draft from his father, Gary. When Justin was young and would watch football with his father, the announcer would say something like “That was all Thurman Thomas on that play.” His father would show him that it was actually the pulling guard and great down block by the tackle who made that play. Since then, Justin has been evaluating players for the draft, free agents and grading teams’ offseason moves.

Justin has a love and passion for all aspects of the game. From on the field play, to identifying value free agents, navigating the salary cap and mostly the NFL Draft. Justin will take his love for all facets of the game and make well informed opinions about your favorite teams’ future.

Justin currently works for CBS Radio and is a board operator at 106.7 The Fan, DC Sports.

Super Bowl winning teams are built in rounds 3 through 7.

Follow him on Twitter - @JRFord0 

Dev Panchwagh

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Dev Panchwagh is a versatile analyst who breaks down the Xs and Os of the game and has been a columnist/analyst for Ravens24x7.com since the summer of 2004. In his regular season column Battle Plans, Dev highlights the Ravens' keys to success against each opponent they face. 
Dev's start as a sports journalist started modestly, when his contributions to sports talk radio were noticed, leading to duties as a regular columnist for the Scouts.com network before joining Ravens24x7.com.  It would be very difficult to find his rare combination of youthfulness, knowledge and insight in all facets of football anywhere else.  Fortunately, Dev brings it here each and every week.

Brian McFarland

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Known on Ravens Message Boards as "B-more Ravor", Brian is a life-long Baltimorean and an avid fan of the Ravens and all Baltimore sports (yes, even the Orioles still).   A PSL holder since 1998, Brian has garnered a reputation as a cap-guru because of his strange (actually warped) desire to wade through the intricacies of the NFL's salary cap and actually make sense of it for those of us who view it as inviting as IRS Tax Code. 
Brian, who hails from Catonsville, MD and still resides there, is married and has two young children.

Dan Scribner

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My name is Dan Scribner. But you can, and should, call me Scrib or The Lieutenant. I'm a 20 year old Pre-Med Biology major at Towson University and just finished up my sophomore year. I'm also a founding father of the Mu-Sigma chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity here at Towson. I originally hail from Glen Mills, PA about 15 minutes southwest of Philadelphia. I was born and raised on cheesesteaks, hoagies, Eagles football and a Philadelphia attitude.
I live, eat, and breathe NFL and more specifically Eagles. I attend every home game against the Cowboys at the Linc, and any other games I can fit into my schedule. I'm not truly at home until I'm surrounded by loud, angry Eagles fans. When it's football season, the women in my family and my girlfriend of 6 years know better than to interrupt me during a game, or dare speak to me during an Eagles loss. I absolutely despise anything that has to do with Dallas, whether it be the Cowgirls or anyone who affiliates with them. I would die for Eagles green, but I've got to say my second favorite team to root for is anybody playing the Cowgirls.
After college, aside from continuing my die-hard, near un-healthy, obsession with the Eagles, I plan to attend medical school and pursue a career in Orthopedic Surgery. During football season, you can find me at @Lt_Scrib with a near constant commentary of any NFL game that's on, especially during the Eagles games. During the offseason my tweets about the NFL are less frequent, and only if it's Eagles news, or big moves around the league.
I'm sure I could say more about myself, but as long as you understand my die-hard Eagles obsession, you've got a relatively good idea of who I am. 

Riley Babcock

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Riley Babcock was born and raised in Maryland where he took a big interest towards sports at a young age. The Baltimore Ravens soon became his main interest which led to his eventual hiring as Editor of the Ravens blog, Ebony Bird, in early March of  2011. Riley is an avid follower of all sports, but is primarily into football, specifically the NFL. With eyes glued to ESPN 24/7 and the NFL Network, you can count on Riley always being on top of the latest sports news and providing readers with quality content year round.


Jimmy O'Brien

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Jimmy O’Brien is a football and NFL Draft junkie, who went to Penn State to major in pigskin, only to learn that you were required to choose an actual academic course of study.  Perplexed, he settled on a career as a sports writer, eventually (7 years later) earning a B.A. and Masters in English, and a Ph.D. in watching college football.  He is the founder of PhillyJimmy Philms, which produces NFL prospect videos featuring small school college players, and is currently a film contributor and writer for Draftbreakdown.com.  Jimmy can be found on twitter @phillyjimmy or online at phillyjimmy.com


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