My 10 Most Memorable Ravens Moments
With Training Camp right around the corner everybody is getting excitied about the new football season, especially in Baltimore with the way the Orioles are playing.
So, I figured I would look back at my most memorable Ravens moments.
I was going to name this the Greatest Ravens moments of all time but my moments might not be on other peoples lists. Trust me i could probably make a list of a hundred Ravens moments but 10 will do.
So here they are MY Top 10 Ravens Moments.
10. Ravens First Touchdown
I was 10 years old when the Ravens came to Baltimore but i remember the day vividly, the anticpation was crazy.
Even though I was not around when the Colts left being from Baltimore I heard all the stories and knew all the history.
That day was awesome and when Vinny had his nine yard TD run for the first score in Ravens history, I literally jumped off my couch with excitement, and its a good thing i did because that first year was not much to cheer about with a 4-12 record.
The funny thing was i dont think Baltimore cared how bad the Ravens were, we were just so happy to have pro football back in Charm City. This was when the love affair started.
9. 2003 Comeback vs. Seattle
One of the greatest comebacks in Ravens History was made by....Anthony Wright?!?!? Yup, Anthony Wright led the Ravens back from 17 down in the 4th Quarter to shock the Seahawks en route to the Ravens first division title.
This was one of those season changing games. The Ravens were 5-5 heading into the game and being down 17 in the 4th quarter their season looked to be on life support.
With this tremendous comeback the Ravens would win four of their last five after this game to win the Division.
Anthony Wright wont be remembered for much in Baltimore but at least he has this awesome comeback.
8. FlaccoMania Begins!
I dont have to tell Ravens fans how bad the quarterback position has been here in Baltimore but for the hell of it here are some names from the past.
Eric Zeier, Scott Mitchell, Stoney Case, Anthony Wright, Jeff Blake, Kyle Boller, Chris Redman, Jim Harbaugh, Elvis Grbac, anyway you get it.
Its funny looking back, Flacco was not suppose to start the 08 season, but injuries and perhaps fate proved otherwise. And from that first game the Ravens fans fell in love with Flacco, and that 38 yard TD run didnt hurt in his first game.
Look the jury is still out on Flacco but i think so far its safe to say he is the best QB the purple and black have ever had.
7. Ed Reed being Ed Reed
There are a ton of moments to choose from when it comes to Ed Reed, but this one is the most recent so why not.
This 2008 game with the Eagles was going to be remembered most for Donovan McNabb being benched. But by the time the game was over that was an after thought at least in Baltimore it was.
So as the Eagles are driving to try and make this a game Reed picks off a Kolb pass and goes 107 yards for the TD untouched. Just another reason Ed Reed is the best safety in the game.
6. Bart Scott says hello to Big Ben
The 2006 season was very special, 13-3, first round bye and we swept the season series with the Steelers. Which included a 31-0 beatdown at M&T Bank.
Bart Scott had maybe a 10- 15 yard sprint untouched to the QB, and he didnt disappoint. This hit embodies everything that the Ravens are and thats hard hitting.
This moment would probably be on a lot of Ravens fans lists and mostly because of the hatred towards the Pittsburgh Steelers. Roethlisberger later stated it was the hardest he had ever been hit.
5. Chris McAlister's Record Return
The 2002 season was a disappointing one for the Ravens finishing 7-9, however they did give us one awesome moment.
It was Monday Night Football and you had two teams heading in opposite directions the 3-0 Broncos and the 0-2 Ravens. After a lackluster first quarter the Ravens exploded for a 31 point second quarter.
The most memorable of the 31 points was at the end of the quarter on a missed field goal. McAlister was back deep and just as he started up field Ray Lewis delivered a crushing block that sprung McAlister for the TD, 107 yards later.
4. Jamal Lewis Sets Rushing Record
Anytime you see a record being set its always a great moment, and even though Jamal's Ravens career didnt end the way we all would have liked it, you have to admit when at the top of his game there werent many better.
The entire 2003 season was a special one for Jamal but there was one game that stood out and it was the 295 yard game against Cleveland.
The crazy thing about that game is that he had a couple runs called back due to penalties so he could have had well over 300 yards. Against the Browns alone that season he had 500 yards rushing.
An incredible game and season from one of the best Ravens.
3. Ravens Close Out Texas Stadium
I love this moment for so many reasons, to many the Cowboys are kind of seen as the Yankees of the NFL or 'Americas Team'. If your not a fan of the Cowboys then you probably hate them.
Leading up to the game it was all about the history of the Cowboys and how great it would be to close Texas Stadium in style. Well the Ravens had other plans. The Ravens never trailed in the game and had back to back TD runs of 77 and 82 to seal the victory.
After the game it came out that Jerry Jones hand picked the Ravens for the final game, which made the win that much better.
2. Anthony Mitchell Runs one back
I wish i could have found a picture of this one but i couldnt. It was the 2000 AFC Divisional Round game between the Ravens and Titans so not only was it a chance to go to the AFC Championship game but also the Ravens and Titans were bitter rivals.
Lets set the scene, game is tied at 10-10 in the 4th quarter and Al Del Greco was lining up for a field goal, he had already missed two in the game. This time its blocked and Mitchell catches it in the air at the 10 yard line line and he is gone.
Not only was this moment so sweet because of the ramifications of taking a 4th quarter lead in a playoff game, but to hear how quiet that stadium was, was beautiful.
1. Super Bowl 35
I know its the obvious choice but really could anything else be no.1. We have only had a team since 1996 and in its 5th season they bring us a Super Bowl Championship, 30 years after the Baltimore Colts won their only Super Bowl.
The best part of winning that Super Bowl was that no one expected it, even after the great season some experts had the Ravens losing to Denver in the first round of the playoffs.
They dominated in the playoffs and were a kickoff return away from posting the first and only shutout in a Super Bowl. Growing up in the Baltimore area this is the only Professional championship ive witnessed so until there is another one nothing will beat it.
So thats it, again these are my most memorable/favorite Ravens moments if you want to add some of yours feel free nobody is wrong on this topic and maybe the Ravens will add some memorable moments this upcoming season.