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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson sits on the bench as the Ravens playoff hopes fade in the fourth quarter against the Tennesse Titans in the AFC Division Playoffs at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. The Titans advanced, 28-12.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson sits on the bench as the Ravens playoff hopes fade in the fourth quarter against the Tennesse Titans in the AFC Division Playoffs at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. The Titans advanced, 28-12. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/TNS)

Nobody is naïve enough to think that a Lombardi Trophy would be enough to solve Baltimore’s problems. But coming after a year marked by historic crime, a ransomware attack and political upheaval, we sure could have used some good news.

Yet, as a Baltimore native and Ravens season ticket holder from the start, I refuse to feel “miserable” over Saturday night’s loss as encouraged in the The Baltimore Sun’s recent editorial (“Still feeling blue over Ravens’ loss? Boy, do you have company,” Jan. 12). The Ravens went 14-2 this season with the help of smart coaching, strategic management and, yes, our star quarterback who is embracing all that our city has to offer both on and off the field. This season was fun, and nothing about Saturday should discredit everything Lamar Jackson and the Ravens have done for our city. They have brought us together at a time when we needed it most. They reminded us that redemption is possible.

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I choose to believe that, like our city, the Ravens’ best days are ahead.

C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Timonium

The writer, a Democrat, represents Maryland’s Second District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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