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Roost honors Foxworth, county stars

April 11, 2010|By WILL ROBINSON/Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN -- Baltimore Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth was honored with the 47th annual "Extra Effort" award at the Ravens Roost No. 7 banquet held at Hagerstown Elks Club on Saturday night.

The award, given annually to a Ravens player who for his work both on and off the field, was a matter of character to Foxworth.

"This award means a heck of a lot, knowing it comes from the fans. "I'm in good company receiving it," said Foxworth, referring to past winners such as Johnny Unitas, Stan White, and Michael McCrary.

The University of Maryland graduate has been an active supporter of the Boys and Girls Clubs, along with various literacy programs. He helped in building playgrounds and was named as a spokesperson for the Maryland Charter Schools Network.

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Foxworth also serves as the youngest member of the NFL Player's Association's executive board, which is currently attempting to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement and avoid a possible lockout.

"We're doing everything we can to try to avoid it," he said. "We're not in the driver's seat. The owners have been threatening the possibility of a lockout. We just really want to avoid it as much as the fans do."

Ravens secondary coach Chuck Pagano, who also attended the banquet, praised his starting corner.

"He's done a great job. We're really proud of what he's done," said Pagano, "It's a big expectation. Sometimes it can be hard going to a new team and jelling with teammates and the community, but Dom's done it with flying colors."

The Ravens Roost also honored the 2009 All-Washington County football team and its co-coaches of the year.

Willamsport's Randy Longnecker and Clear Spring's Craig Bathgate shared the coaching award. Longnecker led the Wildcats to a 5-5 record and kept his team in the playoff hunt, while instilling dicipline. Bathgate also led his team to a 5-5 record.

The All-County players were in awe and excited to be honored on the same dais as Foxworth.

"It was a great accomplishment to be named to (the All-County Team), said Boonsboro senior guard Scott Haupt. "To be here with (Foxworth), we've been through the same things he's been through. It makes us feel like we're on the right track."

"We're honoring the Ravens, but we're sharing the billing with the kids," saud Press Box's Joe Platania, who was the master of ceremony for the event. "They've done a heck of a job this year as well."

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