With two Super Bowl Titles, two AFC Championships, five Division Titles and ten Playoff appearances since 1996, the Baltimore Ravens have certainly been one of the more successful NFL franchises over the last 25 years. Today, the Baltimore Ravens play in the AFC North division of the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and their biggest rivals of all in the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Here are five fascinating Baltimore Ravens facts
- The Ravens are one of only two franchises to play in at least two Super Bowls and be undefeated. (source) Since entering the NFL for the 1996 season, the Baltimore Ravens have been one of the more successful franchises in the league. In fact, in the history of the NFL, the Ravens are one of only two franchises, along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to play in at least two Super Bowls and win them all. Both the Ravens and Buccaneers are 2-0 in the NFL’s biggest game of the year, and the Ravens first Super Bowl win came over the New York Giants 34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV. Twelve years later, the Ravens would get past the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 to claim their second Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLVII.
- The first player to ever be drafted by the Ravens went on to be a Hall of Famer. (source) The Ravens entered the league for the 1996 NFL season, and held the fourth overall selection that year in the NFL Draft. With that pick, the Ravens selected offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden out of UCLA. The star offensive tackle would play for the Ravens from 1996 through 2007, be named to 11 Pro Bowls, and eventually be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Today, Jonathan Ogden is considered to be one of the greatest offensive tackles in the history of the game.
- Ravens Quarterback Lamar Jackson is the youngest signal caller in NFL history to start a playoff game. (source) On January 6, 2019 at the age of just 21 years, 364 days old, Lamar Jackson started at Quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens’ playoff game against the Los Angeles Chargers. While the Ravens would fall to the Chargers that day by a score of 23-17, Lamar Jackson still became the youngest Quarterback to ever start a playoff game in the history of the National Football League.
- The Ravens are one of only two NFL teams that still have a marching band. (source) Along with the Washington Football Team, the Baltimore Ravens still have a marching band during their games. The Baltimore Marching Ravens have been performing for the last 70 years, starting with the Baltimore Colts before their move to Indianapolis.
- The all-time leading scorer for the Ravens is Matt Stover with 1,464 points. (source) The Ravens currently have an All Pro kicker in Justin Tucker, but it’s actually another kicker that is the all-time leading scorer for the franchise. Matt Stover was the Ravens kicker from 1996 through 2008 with 1,464 total points. Throughout his career, Matt Stover had 2,004 total points. While the majority of those came during his time in Baltimore, Stover also spent time with the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, and Indianapolis Colts, in a lengthy career that spanned from 1990 through 2009.
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