By Matt Vensel
10:30 AM EDT, July 7, 2011
Last Thursday, the topic in this space was the worst moment in Ravens history. We got more than 2,000 votes -- thanks for that -- and 56 percent of you picked the three painful playoff losses to Pittsburgh. Let’s go with a rosier topic this time around: What has been the greatest moment in franchise history to date?
Three things immediately come to mind, the first being the Super Bowl run in 2000. It was the only title in the team’s 15 years in Baltimore, and it was the city’s first major sports championship since the Orioles won the World Series in 1983. But that Lombardi Trophy wouldn’t have been possible without two other key events.
The Ravens couldn’t have delivered a championship to Baltimore had Art Modell not delivered a football team back to Baltimore. And the Ravens wouldn’t have made it to Super Bowl XXXV without Ray Lewis and Jonathan Ogden, the franchise’s first two draft picks in the 1996 draft and future bunkmates in Canton.
Picking a fourth possibility for this question is tricky.
The Ravens’ unlikely run to the AFC title game three years ago is up there, as is the selection of free safety Ed Reed and Jamal Lewis’ 2,000-yard season in 2003. So in addition to voting in the poll at your left and leaving your feedback below, give me a suggestion for the fourth greatest moment in franchise history -- and don’t say the day the Ravens decided to let Frank Walker walk.
Your turn: What was the greatest moment in Ravens history?
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