The 2013 Baltimore Ravens were a team of destiny, defying all the odds on the way to winning the Super Bowl.
Tuesday was their chance to celebrate with the victory parade.
Baltimore was rocked to its core with the excitement from another Super Bowl win for the Ravens, and the parade that made its way through the streets of the city and into the stadium was one of the most memorable in recent history.
If you missed any of the amazing party, here are some of the highlights.
Baltimore Shows Its Love
The city of Baltimore isn’t the major metropolis that many fans think of when talking about the NFL, but the diehard football fans in the city love their team.
As seen by the outpouring of support through the streets of the city and in the stadium, Super Bowl fever is hitting Baltimore hard.
NFL Network’s Albert Breer verifies just how great the fans truly are in Baltimore:
Quite a scene in M&T Bank Stadium ... Considering the size of thecity, and that it's a Tuesday, pretty incredible display of support.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 5, 2013
The number may be unofficial, but ESPN’s Trey Wingo talks about how many fans were expected to be at M&T Bank Stadium to support their team:
pretty impressive that M&T Bank stadium is filled for this celebration today.. over 80,000 there waiting for the party— trey wingo (@wingoz) February 5, 2013
All of the fans in the stadium supported the team throughout the year, and head coach John Harbaugh gave ultimate credit to those in attendance Tuesday (h/t Ravens official Twitter account):
"This whole stadium is packed with the Baltimore Ravens TEAM together." -John Harbaugh— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) February 5, 2013
The Ravens Show That Love Right Back
Every city that has a NFL team would come out and show support for it, but the Baltimore Ravens fans came out like few others. As much as the city loves the Ravens, the players and coaching staff love and thank the fans just as much.
Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco proved to the doubters that he should be considered elite, but all he wanted to do during the parade was praise the fans and the entire city of Baltimore (h/t Ravens official Twitter account):
Joe Flacco tells the city of Baltimore, "You're a special group and we love you!"— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) February 5, 2013
While words can only express a portion of a team’s feelings, bringing home a championship is the ultimate show of gratitude. As John Harbaugh said, Baltimore got its wish (h/t Ravens official Twitter account):
"The city is going crazy for the Ravens... the WORLD CHAMPION BALTIMORE RAVENS." -John Harbaugh— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) February 5, 2013
Ray Lewis Going Out On Top
No matter what anyone thinks about Ray Lewis as a man, the middle linebacker is one of the greatest defensive players to ever play football and the end of his career is a sad occasion for the sport.
Who had the best speech?
There is no better way to send off a star that meant as much to his franchise as Lewis has over his career than with a Super Bowl title.
In the ultimate fairy-tale ending, the future Hall of Famer got his wish and is going out on top.
Lewis spoke to the crowd in his normal manner and fired everyone up, but it was the final dance of his NFL career that made many fans emotional (h/t WNST Baltimore and Bleacher Report):
One final dance for Ray Lewis, joined by Jacoby Jones. Pretty emotional scene at M&T Bank Stadium. #Ravens— WNST (@WNST) February 5, 2013
This was truly a great day to not only be a fan of the Ravens, but a fan of the NFL in general.