After one of the most dramatic and eventful Super Bowls in recent years, purple and gold confetti fell in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and the Baltimore Ravens added a second Lombardi Trophy to their trophy case.
While many Baltimore fans traveled to New Orleans for the festivities, the largest portion remained on the east coast, watching from their couch or local sports bar. Those fans may not have had a chance to go to the game, but they will have another opportunity to celebrate when the Ravens return to Baltimore for a victory parade on Tuesday.
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
When: Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 10:30 a.m. EST
Route: City Hall, Commerce Street, Pratt Street, Howard Street, M&T Bank Stadium
Streaming: CSN Baltimore
Forecast: High of 45 degrees with 30 percent chance of snow, light wind
The Super Bowl victory parade is a fantastic tradition, and it proves how important NFL fans are to the longevity of the NFL and the history of the sport. Given the historic run their team made in the playoffs this year, Ravens fans have a lot to cheer about.
The parade will culminate in a free celebration at M&T Bank Stadium at 12:30 p.m. EST, at which fans will be able to pack the stadium to cheer for Ray Lewis (and potentially others) one last time.
A Final Farewell
Ray Lewis won’t fade from the football spotlight for long, but he won’t be wearing a Ravens uniform again. Lewis announced his retirement prior to Baltimore’s Super Bowl run, and he’ll go out on top as one of the most decorated linebackers to ever play the game. He’ll also be retiring as a world champion.
Safety Ed Reed will also face questions about his future following this season. The 34-year-old has played all 11 of his seasons in the NFL with the Ravens, but he’s due to become a free agent this offseason. While the team would like to retain Reed, a mutual agreement is far from a sure thing.
If Reed decides to stay put, money could be a big issue. Each NFL team has just one franchise tag with which to use on an unrestricted free agent. Paired with the salary cap issues that plague nearly every NFL team, it may not be possible to keep Reed and re-sign Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco for next season.
While Baltimore fans may be saying farewell to some of their favorite players, Tuesday’s event will be one of celebration. Baltimore made a remarkable playoff run and beat a terrific football team in the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Talk of anything else can wait one more day.