Ryan Mink Staff Writer
Posted Dec 13, 2015
Along with Sgt. Andrew Mahoney, Groberg sprinted to intercept the man. When Groberg hit the man with his gun, he felt a vest underneath his clothing.
Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh frequently talks to his team about bravery, pulling examples from every source he can find and often the military.
On Sunday, Harbaugh had one of the best examples on his own sideline.
Florent Groberg, a former Maryland resident and University of Maryland track and field and cross country runner, is only the 10th living service member to be given the Medal of Honor – the military’s highest award for battlefield bravery – for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.
President Barack Obama personally presented Groberg with the award on Nov. 12. At M and T Bank Stadium, the now retired U.S. Army Captain was honored as the Ravens’ Hometown Hero.
“People are going to go home and be like, ‘Who’s this freak who did that stuff?’” Groberg said with a laugh.
“Then, when they see my story, they’ll understand who the four guys that I lost are. We have some incredible individuals who just don’t come home and have the opportunity to go to this game.”
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