Ravens head coach John Harbaugh talks about his players unselfishness to embrace any role for the good of the team.
People aren’t the only things sporting purple pride before the Ravens face off against the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round game Saturday night.
Look closely at the salt piles right before the Fort McHenry Tunnel toll plaza on I-95 South and you’ll see a message: “Big Truss," the team’s unofficial mantra. The glowing purple message appeared for drivers late Thursday night.
John L. Coulter, president of Rukert Terminals Corp., said the longshoremen who usually unload road salt that’s used to de-ice roadways during inclement weather across Maryland took a break to send a message. The workers wanted to support the Ravens on their historic run, Coulter said in an email.
The mantra of the team first appeared last season but skyrocketed to fame after running back Mark Ingram II wrapped up his postgame news conference after the Ravens’ 41-7 win over the Houston Texans in November. In the Week 11 game, quarterback Lamar Jackson had gone 17-for-24 for 222 passing yards and four touchdowns and finished with 10 carries for 79 yards.
“I would just like to introduce you all to the man, the myth, the legend, the MVP front-runner,” he told reporters. “If anybody else’s got to say something different about that, then come see me. I’m right here in B-more outside [M&T Bank Stadium]. If you got an issue with that, come see me. I’m about that. Big truss.”
The full meaning of the word “truss” is a little murky. Each player has a slightly different take about what it means. Some say it just means trust or it can be used as an affirmation. Many describe it as a “mixed-use” word. Though, one thing that’s agreed upon is that there is no real difference between “truss” and “big truss.”
Baltimore Sun reporter Jonas Shaffer contributed to this article.