Highlights of the Steve Bisciotti era
When Steve Bisciotti assumed majority control of the Ravens a decade ago, former owner Art Modell hailed the transition to the Anne Arundel County businessman as a watershed moment in franchise history.
"Steve Bisciotti is going to be an outstanding owner in the National Football League," the late Modell said during the 2004 NFL owners meetings. "He's got love for the game. He's strong. He's going to be a good one. Trust me on that. You can come back in a few years and say, 'Hey, Art you were right for a change.'"
The Severna Park and Salisbury State graduate, who founded an engineering staffing firm in his basement, is now one of the richest Americans with an estimated net worth of $2.2 billion. Since he took majority ownership of the Ravens, they have won a Super Bowl and qualified for the playoffs six times in the past 10 years.
In honor of this week marking 10 years since Bisciotti became the team's majority owner, here's a look at some of the highlights of his tenure from Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson.
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Ray Lewis, Jonathan Ogden retire as Ravens( Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun / February 3, 2013 )
Middle linebacker Ray Lewis and offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden both got contract extensions to remain with the Ravens late in their careers, deals approved by Bisciotti. The inaugural pick in franchise history in 1996, Ogden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year. A two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Lewis is expected to join Ogden in Canton, Ohio, when he becomes eligible. Bisciotti has also maintained continuity in the front office with contracts for general manager Ozzie Newsome, one of the top executives in the NFL, and highly regarded assistant general manager Eric DeCosta, who's been designated as the next general manager whenever Newsome decides to step down.