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Eric Weddle still waiting on his Super Bowl ring from Ravens

Eric Weddle is in his first season with the Baltimore Ravens, but the safety believes the team owes him something from four years ago.

In November 2012, Weddle, then a member of the San Diego Chargers, was crushed by an Anquan Boldin block on Ray Rice's jaw-dropping fourth-and-29 conversion. That play -- which is affectionately known in Baltimore as "Hey Diddle Diddle, Ray Rice up the middle" -- catapulted the Ravens to the playoffs and the run for their second Lombardi Trophy.

"The joke is if I make that tackle, the Ravens wouldn't have won the Super Bowl," Weddle said in a question-and-answer session with season ticket holders. "So, I'm still waiting for my ring."

Weddle can recount the miraculous run-and-catch by Rice in freeze-frame clarity. San Diego was leading 13-10 with 1:37 left in regulation, and the Ravens needed to go from their own 37-yard line and get past the Chargers' 34 to get into field goal range and keep their slim chance of winning alive.

"I just remember the ball checking down and I'm like, 'This is the dumbest decision [quarterback Joe] Flacco could ever make because he checked the ball down on fourth-and-29," Weddle said. "He had to think it was a dumb decision at the time, too."

Weddle also thought Rice was going to be brought down soon after the catch by four of his teammates converging on him.

"[Rice] starts cutting across the field and nobody is there and I'm like, 'Oh my gosh,'" Weddle said. "So, I pick it up and I start running. Right before I thought I hit him, I thought I made the tackle and we won the game."

But ...

"The next thing I know is I'm walking up the ramp to our locker room and I turn [to our trainer] and say, 'What's going on?' Weddle recalled. "He said, 'What do you mean? You got knocked out.'"

Boldin's block on Weddle gave Rice just enough running room to dive for the marker between a pair of defenders. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after that game that it was “as physical of a block as you will ever see."

Years later, Weddle can smile about the painful play. After signing with Baltimore as a free agent in March, he was walking through the hallway of the Ravens headquarters with Harbaugh and they were looking at all the pictures on the wall that display the franchise's game-defining plays.

"I see my [No.] 32 up there. I went, ‘Oh man, that was a great play for you guys – not for me!," Weddle said. "It all happened for a reason, and I’m here for a reason."