The Baltimore Ravens once again shined when it came to the fan experience on draft day.
Several thousand excited fans of the purple and black gathered at the friendly confines of M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday evening as the Ravens partnered with Verizon to celebrate the 2014 NFL Draft.
“It was cool to watch the draft on the JumboTron sitting in my favorite place in the world,” stated Ravens fan Laurie Rill Scardina when asked about the the fan experience and the festivities. “It’s a good event for families to get out and just enjoy the passion for football we have in Baltimore.”
Fans were treated to tours of the Ravens locker room, along with photo opportunities with the team’s Super Bowl XXXV and XLVII Lombardi Trophies.
The evening even gave those brave enough the chance to see first hand (and even participate in) the NFL Combine-style drills on the turf where many of their favorite players play on Sundays.
“I had no idea the drills were this tough,” remarked Aaron Donaldson of Pikesville. “These players have got to be in real shape to do this each and every weekend.”
Joining the fans at the special event were plenty of former Ravens signing autographs including Jamie Sharper, Duane Starks, Adalius Thomas and Chris McAlister.
“It was amazing being around all the fans and stepping back into this stadium again and having all those memories come back,” former Ravens Super Bowl Champ Duane Starks stated. “We have the dynamic duo back together hanging again. It was great being with Chris McAlister and being here together.”
Current Ravens including Torrey Smith, Ryan Jensen, Arthur Brown, Dennis Pitta and others were also on hand to share in the fun and excitement of the evening.
“[Draft Day] is a lot less stressful this year,” said second-year Raven Ryan Jensen to the Baltimore Sun.
The draft event was just one more way the Ravens organization continues to shine among the city and its fan base. Giving fans the opportunity to join together and celebrate football (as if they need another reason) is just one more reason the fan base loves their purple and black.
Former Ravens cornerback Duane Starks summed it up best about Baltimore and the fans:
“Baltimore fans have been the best fans I have ever played for. There really isn’t a better atmosphere for football than here in Baltimore.”
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