Baltimore Ravens Facts

Baltimore Ravens Facts
The Baltimore Ravens are a professional football team with home field in Baltimore, Maryland. The team plays in the American Football Conference (AFC) North Division. The Ravens were established 1996 when Art Model, the owner of the Cleveland Browns, moved his franchise to Baltimore, taking the players but leaving the Cleveland Browns' heritage, colors and team name behind. The Baltimore Ravens' name was inspired by the poem titled The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe. The Baltimore Ravens first game was played on September 1st, 1996. The Baltimore Ravens became a successful team in a short amount of time, winning the Superbowl in 2000 and 2012.
Interesting Baltimore Ravens Facts:
The Baltimore Ravens 1st head coach was Ted Marchibroda.
The name The Ravens was chosen after a telephone poll proved overwhelming support for the name.
The Baltimore Ravens uniforms were revealed at a fashion show on June 5th, 1996, at Harborplace.
More than 50,000 season tickets were sold in only 14 days when they went up for sale in 1996.
At the Ravens first game at Memorial Stadium there were 64,124 fans present, which set a record for Baltimore sporting events.
The first touchdown scored by a Baltimore Ravens player happened during the first game. It was scored by quarterback Vinny Testaverde. The Ravens beat the Oakland Raiders that day 19-14.
In 1999 Brian Billick became head coach for the Baltimore Ravens.
In 2000 the Baltimore Ravens sold 49% of the team to Steve Bisciotti.
The Baltimore Ravens won the Superbowl XXXV against the New York Giants with a score of 34-7.
Ozzie Newsome was named as the Baltimore Raven's general manager in 2003. He was the first minority general manager in NFL history.
In 2004 Steve Bisciotti was approved to purchase the Baltimore Ravens. He became the new owner, replacing Art Model.
The Baltimore Ravens played in Superbowl XLVII, and defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31. This was linebacker Ray Lewis' final season.
The Baltimore Raven's stadium today is the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Baltimore Ravens are headquartered in Owing Mills, Maryland.
In order to be inducted into the Baltimore Ravens' Ring of Honor a member of the organization must possess seven traits including character, gratitude, vision, passion, faith and courage, competitive spirit, and humility.
Members of the Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor include Todd Heap, Ray Lewis, Jamal Lewis, Matt Stover, Jonathan Ogden, Peter Boulware, Michael McCrary, Art Model, Johnny Unitas, Raymond Berry, Lenny Moore, Art Donovan, Gino Marchetti, John MacKey, Jim Parker, Ted Hendricks, and Earnest Byner.
The Baltimore Ravens' team mascot is named Poe. He is a raven. Ravens' fans are called the flock.
Several players on the Baltimore Ravens have siblings on other professional football teams including Arthur Jones, whose brother Chandler plays for the Patriots, and Geno Gradkowski, whose brother Bruce plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Ravens have won two Superbowls to date (2014) but have played in several playoffs including the 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, and 2012 seasons.
The colors of the Ravens' team are white, metallic gold, purple, and black.

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