A combination of feather-covered body armor, 5-foot wings and a sharp helmet make for a wardrobe more suited to a Roman soldier than a football fan. But for Pasadena resident Roderick Allman, 39, the suit allows him to become "Ravenous Maximus" on the days of Raven games.
Allman moved to Baltimore from Hawaii at age 18. When the Ravens came to Baltimore, he was hooked.
"Hawaii doesn't have a professional football team, so it's only big to some people there," Allman said. "But Baltimore is a town that loves football. Getting a team here was huge for the city."
Allman wears his get-up to games and to player signings at Cancun Cantina in Hanover, where he works. Through his job, Allman says, he has met players Terrell Suggs, Torrey Smith, Lee Evans, Billy Cundiff and Chris Tucker.
Who is the next player you would like to meet?
I want to have a personal meeting with Ray Lewis. He's the heart and soul of the Ravens, and gets fans and players fired up.
Is Ray also your favorite player to watch?
I would say both Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs because of their fiery approach. With Suggs' injury and the amount that he's double-teamed, he may not be as productive this year, but he leaves all his energy on the field.
Tell me how "Ravenous Maximus" got started.
I looked at the other "superfans" and saw what they were doing. "Captain Dee-Fense" was my role model, and I wanted to get to that status, so my friends and I started brainstorming ideas. We thought a Roman warrior would be cool. I got some of my armor from Dick's Sporting Goods and then found more stuff at the Dragon Wings shop at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The pieces just seemed to [go] together.
What's a typical game day like for you?
It starts off with getting up early, six to eight hours before the game starts. If there are [fans of] opposing teams parked next to me and my buddies, we trash-talk, but nothing to the extreme. We treat Steelers fans a little more aggressive.
We aren't season-ticket holders, but we buy tickets when we can. We were fortunate this year to see the Ravens play prime games against teams like the Patriots and Steelers.
What was the feeling in the stadium after those games?
There was a great elation following the Patriots game. After that Steelers game, there was this cold environment around the stadium — not because of the weather — but because of the mood afterward.
Are you happy with the Ravens season so far?
They're finding ways to win, which is big considering the defense had been dominating for so many years and now they're banged up. Even in some of the losses, I was satisfied with the way they played. The offense is doing well, but they're inconsistent.
I think they're doing what they can to win the games. I'll take 9-4. Hopefully we can win a few more and get home-field advantage in the playoffs.