The Baltimore Ravens have enjoyed more than their fair of success since former owner Art Modell relocated the team from Cleveland back in 1996.
In their short history, the Ravens hold a record of 233-183-1 and have won two Super Bowl championships, two AFC championships, six division championships, and 13 playoff appearances.
To put it in perspective, in the same time frame, the Detroit Lions have zero Super Bowl, NFC, or Division championships and five playoff appearances.
As we look forward to another successful season in 2022, let’s take a glance at some interesting facts about the Ravens that have helped develop the team’s identity throughout the last 26 years.
1. The Ravens’ First Draft Pick Turned Out To Be a Hall of Famer
The Ravens had it right from day one. With the fourth selection in the 1996 NFL Draft, Baltimore selected offensive tackle, Jonathan Ogden, out of UCLA. If the faces of Mount Rushmore were replaced with Baltimore Ravens players, Ogden would be one of them.
The iconic Raven played his entire career in Baltimore and was selected to the Pro Bowl in all but one of his 12 seasons (his rookie year). He was also part of the team’s 2000 Super Bowl championship when the Ravens thumped the New York Giants 34-7. Ogden was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.
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2. The Ravens Are One of Two NFL Teams With a Marching Band
The Baltimore Marching Ravens are one of two marching bands in the NFL.
The other marching band belongs to the neighboring Washington Commanders, who, after retiring the band following the team’s name change, have brought it back for the 2022 season.
The Marching Ravens were founded in 1947 as the Baltimore Colts’ marching band and have been in operation ever since. There’s even an ESPN documentary on it called “The Band That Wouldn’t Die.”
3. Lamar Jackson Is the Youngest QB To Start an NFL Playoff Game
At the tender age of 21, Lamar Jackson suited up for his first playoff game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Jackson’s playoff debut wasn’t looking good, with just 25 passing yards going into the fourth quarter.
But that’s when Ravens fans got their first taste of the magic that the quarterback is capable of. Jackson stormed back with two passing TDs in under four minutes, erasing a 20-point deficit and bringing the Ravens to within six.
With under a minute left, Jackson had the ball with a chance to lead Baltimore to victory. Unfortunately, he was strip-sacked, and the Ravens lost 23-17.
Jackson finished with 194 passing yards, 54 rushing yards, and two TDs. It paved the way for his historic unanimous MVP season the following year.
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4. The Ravens Are One of Two Teams To Play in at Least Two Super Bowls and Remain Undefeated
When this team gets to the Super Bowl, it doesn’t lose. Just two teams in the NFL have made it to the big dance more than once and won both times.
The Ravens held the record by themselves until 2020 when Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their second Super Bowl in as many appearances.
Baltimore followed up its inaugural 2000 Super Bowl with a Joe Flacco-led championship in 2012.
5. The Ravens’ Name Has Roots in the Macabre
When the Ravens were relocated from Ohio, part of the deal was that Cleveland would retain the ‘Browns’ name for a possible future franchise.
That meant the Baltimore franchise needed a new nickname. The team sought the public’s help, and after a poll in the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens’ name was unveiled on March 29, 1996, with a vast majority of the votes.
The name is a nod to lifelong resident and poet Edgar Allan Poe and is coined after his most famous poem, ‘The Raven.’