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O'Malley, Ravens Promote Physical Fitness


It's not every day that a TV reporter asks the governor, "You work out, don't you?" and it seems entirely appropriate.

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) fielded that question Tuesday while teaming up with some Baltimore Ravens players for a "Keep Gym in School" rally at a Glen Burnie middle school. The event was part of a broader push by the NFL Network to promote fitness and physical education in U.S. middle schools.

It seemed a welcome respite for O'Malley from budget-cutting and other more weighty matters.

"There's so much more that goes into a kid's education than math and reading," O'Malley told a throng of reporters and a half-dozen television cameras at Corkran Middle School.

O'Malley and a handful of Ravens moved to the school's gym, where Ravens cheerleaders and hundreds of screeching middle-schoolers were waiting. O'Malley was enthusiastically received, but somewhat less so, it seemed, than Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and center Matt Birk. The team is off to a 3-0 start, after all.

When O'Malley took the podium, he referenced the No. 1 ranking Maryland schools received some months ago from Education Week magazine. "In Maryland, just like the Ravens, we want to be No. 1," the governor said.

Now there's a line that wouldn't work right now in a Redskins crowd ...

By John Wagner  |  September 29, 2009; 5:14 PM ET
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