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Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens are a National Football League team based in Baltimore, Maryland.

In some accounts there is confusion over the history of the Baltimore Ravens. This is due to the unusual and unprecedented actions taken by the city of Cleveland, Ohio and the National Football League following the relocation of the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore in 1996. The deal made between these two parties stipulates that the team name, colors, and history of the franchise were to remain in Cleveland. For that reason, past records and Hall of Fame players are attributed to the Cleveland Browns and not to the Baltimore Ravens. See the Franchise History entry for the Cleveland Browns for full details of the move.

Founded: 1996.
Home stadium: M&T Bank Stadium; (formerly PSInet Stadium)
Uniform colors: Black, Purple, and gold
Helmet design: A raven's head in silhouette, with the letter "B" superimposed
League championships won: 2000
Super Bowl appearances: XXXV (won)

Table of contents
1 Franchise history
2 Players of note
3 External links

Franchise history

The Baltimore Ravens' first season was in 1996 after owner Art Modell relocated the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore. Modell also hired Ted Marchibroda to coach the team.

After three consecutive losing seasons, Marchibroda was succeeded by Brian Billick, who had served as the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings the season before.

Under Billick's guidance, the Ravens made the playoffs for the first time after the 2000 season. After defeating the Denver Broncos in the first round of the playoffs, the Ravens bested the Tennessee Titans (owners of the regular season's best record) and the Oakland Raiders to win a berth in Super Bowl XXXV, where they defeated the New York Giants by a score of 34-7 in January, 2001. Thereby becoming only the second Wild Card team to win a Super Bowl championship.

In 2003, the Ravens won their first AFC North division title.

After the 2003 season, Art Modell officially transferred ownership of the team to Steve Biscotti, ending over 40 years of tenure as an NFL franchise owner.

Players of note

Pro Football Hall of Famers

Current stars

Retired numbers

Not to be forgotten

External links

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