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Mike Klingaman connects with former Baltimore sports stars.

  • Catching up with ... former Colts wide receiver Ray Butler

    Catching up with ... former Colts wide receiver Ray Butler

    He was the Colts’ last feared receiver before they left town in 1984 — a skinny guy with warp speed and a vertical leap that scraped the clouds. Time and again, Ray Butler outjumped defenders to catch the football. Provided they could even keep up with him. “Ray has great acceleration,” Colts coach...

  • Catching up with ... former Colts Pro Bowl lineman Chris Hinton

    Catching up with ... former Colts Pro Bowl lineman Chris Hinton

    He played in the NFL for 13 years, made the Pro Bowl seven times and earned first-team All-Pro. But Chris Hinton’s legacy is something else. To football fans, he’s known as The Rookie Lineman Denver Dealt To Baltimore For Quarterback John Elway. “That’s how I’m introduced,” Hinton, 56, said of...

  • Catching up with ... former Maryland quarterback Mark Manges

    Catching up with ... former Maryland quarterback Mark Manges

    They come by mail to Mark Manges’ home in Cumberland — weathered copies of a 1976 Sports Illustrated magazine, begging the autograph of the Maryland quarterback on the cover. Manges peers at the photo, scrawls his name and sends it back. “I get several of these a year to sign,” Manges said of that...

  • Catching up with ... former UMES and NFL star Carl Hairston

    Catching up with ... former UMES and NFL star Carl Hairston

    Coming from UMES, then a speck of a school on the Eastern Shore, it took time for Carl Hairston to learn the ropes as an NFL rookie in 1976. His first day in camp with the Philadelphia Eagles, Hairston did what he’d always done in college. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end stuffed his sweaty...

  • Catching up with ... former Colts quarterback Greg Landry

    Catching up with ... former Colts quarterback Greg Landry

    He arrived in Baltimore in 1979, a graying quarterback with scarred knees and muted expectations. A second-stringer, the Colts’ Greg Landry would be. So what happened? Starter Bert Jones got hurt, Landry took the reins and the man his teammates called “Pops” passed for nearly 3,000 yards and 15...

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