Ravens vs. Steelers: 10 Classic Pregame Quotes from the Fierce NFL Rivalry

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Ravens vs. Steelers: 10 Classic Pregame Quotes from the Fierce NFL Rivalry

The rivalry between the NFL's two most physically imposing teams, the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, can be summarized by a number of words:

Brute force. Bodies colliding. Bullying. Brashness. Big stage. Bloodbath.

And last, but certainly not least....

Blabbermouth?! 

If not blabbermouth, then how about bulletin board?  As the series intensified over the last decade, both teams caught the attention of the other with words.

The intensity of this series and, logically, the hatred between the two clubs began early in the 21st century. With Baltimore using the "Pittsburgh way", (running the football and playing hard-nosed defense) to win a championship, the Steelers quickly rose from their ashes of the late 90's to challenge the Ravens for division supremacy.

With a mutual respect and ire for each other, the battles waged on the gridiron were often preceded by a classic "war of words," series of competitive exchanges by weekday mouth that preceded the weekend muscle.

When the rivalry was truly born in 2001, classic quotes became newspaper headlines. Who can look at Plaxico Burress without thinking about Shannon Sharpe's reference to the Steelers receiver as being fragile like "Plaxiglass?"

Years later, the series has blossomed into the fiercest rivalry in football. While the games themselves will always define Steelers vs. Ravens, the pregame antics of these nemeses have certainly served as heat for the game-time fires.

Here are 10 classic pregame jousts between some of the most important faces in the NFL's bloodiest and most BOMBASTIC rivalry.

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