Three Harford County Council members got up close and personal with the Ravens during their victory parade in Baltimore, which drew an estimated 200,000 or more people Tuesday.
Dion Guthrie said he, Chad Shrodes and Mary Ann Lisanti were able to get a "bird's-eye view" from the steps of Baltimore's City Hall thanks to the city's mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake – and then some special guests arrived a little unexpectedly.
"We happened to be in a perfect spot; we were on the steps there," Guthrie explained during Tuesday night's council meeting, safely back in Bel Air.
"Here come [Joe] Flacco and Ray Lewis and 'Sizzle' [Terrell Suggs] and Ray Rice, all the top guys coming down the steps," Guthrie said.
The council members were trying to "hustle out" their cameras for the historic moment.
Shrodes said the players were originally supposed to take a different route.
"They were not supposed to come down the steps where we were," he said, adding he ended up shaking hands with Ray Lewis.
"I'm the first one to greet him, and I'm like, holy cow, what's going on here?" Shrodes said.
"It was a lot of fun and it did take us by surprise," he said, adding it was "unbelievable" to be at the rally.
Guthrie also recalled shaking Flacco's hand.
"He really doesn't look like a football player; he just doesn't," Guthrie said with a grin. "But the proof is in the pudding and what he does on the field is really what it's all about."
Guthrie said when Lewis came out during the parade, "people went bonkers and they knocked down the retaining gates and everything. People got hurt."
Guthrie, for one, "jumped in the bushes" to avoid the commotion.
"It was something to see," he said.
He and Shrodes then headed back to Harford while Lisanti "hoofed it" down to M&T Bank Stadium.
Lisanti said the parade and rally at the stadium were inspiring to see.
"Today was a special day, it really was," she said, excited about seeing "the thousands and thousands of people come out in Baltimore City for one united purpose. "I walked from City Hall to Camden Yards and back to City Hall again."
"There were just thousands of people from every walk of life, every ethnicity, every religious belief you can think of, and they were all united under one common cause," she said, adding that is "the beauty of sports."
Lisanti said maybe that unity can be extended into politics and other aspects of life.
She also noted she shook hands with most of the star players, touched the Lombardi trophy and got "T-Sizzle" to sign her jersey.
"And it was the back, by the way. I knew you were going to ask," she joked to the council audience.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun