The Ravens Success is Matched by Few
The other day I was rummaging through some older pieces we’ve posted on RSR and the video below was among them. It is a retrospective look at the Ravens 2011 season – one that ended in devastating fashion.
When I watched the video again set to a song called “Chances” from Five for Fighting, several things raced through my mind. Knowing the final outcome of the season shifts your focus to the things that happened prior to the end. That season produced many exciting moments as you will see in the video below.
The team was comprised of so many terrific athletes who worked hard in the offseason to prepare for training camp. They labored through the stifling Baltimore summer to prepare for the season opener against their arch-rival Pittsburgh Steelers – an unforgettable game that is likely to be remembered as the best opening day at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens pummeled the Steelers 35-7, a complete beat down.
Another of the things that struck me while watching the video, is the volume of players that are no longer Ravens. Of the 53 men on the 2011 roster only 8 remain with the team today. That’s mind boggling and on some level it’s somewhat sad. Roster attrition for successful NFL teams in the salary cap era is dramatic as evidenced by the Ravens.
New England January 22, 2012
Several Ravens have been quoted as saying that the 2012 season began only moments after that crushing defeat on January 22, 2012 at Gillette Stadium, in large part due to this passionate and inspiring post game speech from Ray Lewis.
As fans of the Ravens we’ve been blessed. In 21 seasons the team has been to the postseason 10 times. They’ve participated in 4 AFC Championship Games and won 2 Super Bowls. Only 12 teams in the history of the NFL have won multiple Super Bowls. Only 6 teams have won multiple Super Bowls since the dawning of the salary cap era (1994) and only 4 teams have won multiple Super Bowls since the start of the new millennium.
The Ravens are part of each these select groups of teams.
Having been there and experienced the exhilaration of the ultimate victory, it’s only natural for fans to crave more. That’s part of life. To get back the Ravens clearly have some work to do. And they’ll do it, eventually. They have the prerequisite leadership to get it done.
Like any journey, the interesting part of the story isn’t about the accomplishment or hoisting the Lombardi Trophy amidst the falling confetti. The interesting part of the voyage to the promised land, whatever that promised land may be, is all that leads up to that defining moment.
And for the Ravens such moments start now.
History starts now!