Giving back to the community has always come naturally for Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb.
The quiet and reserved Webb has turned heads on the football field for the better part of his NFL career, but some of his biggest contributions have come long after the final whistle blows on Sundays.
On Friday night, the Opelika, Alabama native hosted his 6th annual Charity Softball Game which took over M&T Bank Stadium underneath the lights.
Fans showed up in droves to watch the fun-filled, six-inning game that gave them a chance to be up close and personal with players as they enjoyed a friendly competition between teammates. A slew of Webb’s current and former teammates were on hand including Will Hill, Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown, Phillip Supernaw, Ryan Jensen and Steve Smith Sr.
Recently retired free safety Ed Reed and former Raven Torrey Smith along with Josh Bynes and James Ihedigbo all made the trip back to Baltimore to take part in the activities.
“That means a lot to me,” Webb said about his former teammates returning. “It tells you what type of teammates we produce at the Ravens. The people who come through that facility, we’re brothers for life.”
The defense finally won a game (final score: 11-10) for the first time since the event’s inception, but the score truly didn’t matter.
What mattered most was everyone coming together for Webb’s special cause that goes toward helping the United Way and the Boys & Girls Club in Baltimore.
“It means a lot to raise the money so I’m able to do the things I want to do during the year,” Webb said. “But it’s mostly about giving back to the fans because they support us through the year during the ups and downs. It’s good to give them anything we can possibly give them.”
Webb’s charity efforts and all he does for the community of Baltimore has earned him a lot of respect from both current and former teammates.
“I told him out there I’m proud of him,” Ed Reed said after the game via the Baltimore Ravens. “He always puts on a good event and everybody always comes out to support. It’s a beautiful thing to see togetherness out here in Baltimore. Seeing the joy and smiles on their faces, that’s what it’s about.”
Much like the smiles on the fans that attended Friday night’s game under the lights, it’s the smiles of the ones Webb helps each and every day that shine the brightest.
For more information on the Lardarius Webb Foundation visit: http://lardariuswebb21.com/