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Baltimore Raven Justin Tucker kicks spirit into Bowie ballpark


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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Super Bowl champion and Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker shows off his Super Bowl ring. Tucker kicked autographed footballs into the stands during a Bowie Baysox game July 11 at Prince George’s Stadium.

Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Super Bowl champion and Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker shows off his Super Bowl ring. Tucker kicked autographed footballs into the stands during a Bowie Baysox game July 11 at Prince George’s Stadium.

Published on: Monday, July 15, 2013

By Daniel Kucin Jr.

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker visited local sports fans July 11 at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie.

As the Bowie Baysox took on the Richmond Flying Squirrels, Tucker signed autographs for fans and booted autographed footballs into the stands from the first and third base sides of the field.

“It was definitely unique to tear someone else’s field for a chance,” Tucker joked during the game. “It was really cool to get out and do something different like this, and it looked like the fans had a good time. I had a good time meeting the players and coaches as well.”

Tucker was an unsigned free agent in 2012, but he managed to impress the Ravens’ coaches and replaced Billy Cundiff as starting kicker. The rookie helped lead the Ravens to win the team’s second Super Bowl.

Tucker nailed two game-winning field goals during the regular season — against the New England Patriots and the San Diego Chargers. He also kicked a 47-yard field goal in double-overtime to defeat the Denver Broncos in the AFC championship game.

In his debut season, Tucker was one of the most accurate kickers in the NFL. He made 30 out of 33 attempts, earning a field goal percentage above 90 percent.

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