Since Kamar Aiken retired in 2018, he hasn’t been round soccer in any respect. The former broad receiver dipped into actual property and just lately opened a restaurant referred to as Miami Grill in Orlando, however soccer has been distant.

That modified on Tuesday. Aiken, together with greater than 60 different Ravens legends, got here to obligatory minicamp as part of a two-day reunion that each former Ravens participant with at the least one credited season in Baltimore was invited to. It’s the primary time a reunion of that scope and magnitude was ever organized by the Ravens.

For Aiken, who performed in Baltimore from 2014-16, the reunion helped him notice one thing.

“I waited too lengthy. I ought to have come again sooner,” Aiken mentioned. “It’s good. It’s been a very good feeling, good ambiance, good every little thing since we have been again. Excited to be again. They’ve handled us no higher than I may think about them treating us, to be trustworthy.

“It’s been nothing however love. The children [are] having enjoyable. It’s simply been a very good time. It’s good to be again. Good to scent the grass. Good to be out right here watching these guys compete, run round. Good to see acquainted faces.”

The follow viewing and subsequent cookout have been the ultimate occasions of the reunion. It began on Monday with blissful hour at M&T Bank Stadium, the place the sector and locker room have been open, and every former participant had their jersey hung up in a locker. The group then went to Top Golf, adopted by brunch the following morning, the place representatives from the NFL got here by to remind everybody what sort of advantages they obtain from being a former participant.

When the legends and visitors arrived on the Under Armour Performance Center on Tuesday, they watched follow and reminisced in regards to the outdated days. Behind the far follow subject was the cookout (which prolonged properly after follow), and for the children there have been inflatable impediment programs, face portray, henna tattoos, caricatures, and balloon artists.

“We at all times joke that we may do nothing. We may simply get them at a resort and put them at a resort bar and lease out a restaurant and they might have simply as a lot enjoyable,” mentioned Matt Little, the Director of Legacy Engagement. “They like popping out right here and doing all that, however they identical to being collectively and catching up.”

The legends spanned from 1996-2016, and this occasion was the primary reunion the place everybody throughout all years was invited. Many gamers got here from throughout, with Aiken touring from Atlanta and former defensive sort out Dwan Edwards coming from Charlotte, N.C. Edwards performed his first 5 NFL seasons in Baltimore, and it is a spot which means so much to him.

“Taught me easy methods to be a professional,” Edwards mentioned. “[I] acquired an opportunity to play with nice gamers, and I’ll at all times have nice recollections with what I realized and studying easy methods to be knowledgeable.”

For Edwards, and absolutely different gamers, coming again collectively was a little bit of a actuality verify.

“It undoubtedly ages you, seeing individuals’s children. The children who have been infants are rising up and on the point of go to varsity and all that stuff,” Edwards mentioned. “It’s wonderful. Life’s wonderful.

“You do not get these alternatives. To get us all collectively has been nice.”

Little mentioned that he obtained nice opinions from these in attendance, and a corporation broad reunion will occur once more.

After follow, Head Coach John Harbaugh famous the significance of getting alumni come again to remain a part of the Ravens group.

“Once a Raven, at all times a Raven,” Harbaugh mentioned. “It actually is a family-type of group, and whenever you see the blokes again with smiles on their faces who wish to introduce their children to you … Our gamers go over, take a minute to fulfill their children and signal autographs and do footage. To me, [that] is what it is all about.”