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#1 GTRavens

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 04:59 PM

Thank you Joe Flacco, for turning in one of the most legendary runs the game of football has ever seen. The things you did in the Super Bowl were nothing short jaw dropping. Elite, not elite, I don't care, because you're good enough to take us to the Super Bowl every year. You don't need to listen to anything the media says, because you've permanently and irreversibly proven them wrong. Regardless of what the rest of the nation thinks, you are and always will be a hero to Baltimore. You want a new contract? Shut up and take my money. You're immortal now.

Thank you Ray Rice. You didn't come through in the playoffs, but that doesn't mean you weren't important. Who knows where we are without 4th and 29, not to mention your contributions throughout the season.

Thank you Bernard Pierce, for giving us excitement every time the ball was handed off to you. You'll get your chance to shine in a starting role very soon. You're one of the smartest and most exciting pure runners out there, and that will lead to a very fruitful career.

Thank you Vonta Leach, for being the bulldozer everyone thought you would be. The Ravens may not be a power running team anymore, but whenever they needed to stick to the run you were there to pave the way.

Thank you Torrey Smith, for being the incredible human being you are. You brings things to this team on and off the field that are beyond valuable, and even if it didn't show in the stat sheet you made a tremendous impact in the playoffs. After two shorts years, you're already one of the most beloved players in Ravens history.

Thank you Anquan Boldin, for never becoming the disgruntled veteran many people in your situation would have been. You fought through age and some on field struggles to play a crucial role in this team's success. Your Super Bowl performance was nothing short of phenomenal - the plays you and Flacco connected on would have been impossible for most. After so many years, you're finally a champion.

Thank you Jacoby Jones, for establishing yourself as a playoff hero. So many memorable plays from this magical run will have your name attached to them. Your explosiveness saved us against the Broncos and essentially won us the Super Bowl. You're one of the best free agent signings Ozzie has ever made.

Thank you Dennis Pitta, for being a worthy successor to Todd Heap (it breaks my heart that he couldn't be here). Reliable may be too cliched of a word, but you are just that. Always there when we need a 1st down, always there in those crucial goal line situations. You're the glue guy every passing game needs.

Thank you Ed Dickson. It hasn't been an easy road for you, getting phased out of the offense this year. Most people thought you were done. But you got your chance in the Super Bowl and made two huge plays for us. Don't think we'll forget about that.

Thank you Bryant McKinnie, for never giving up. You had every reason to, and I can't imagine anyone thinking you would make the comeback you did. You got your chance to redeem yourself, and you passed that test with flying colors.

Thank you Kelechi Osemele, for coming in right away and making an impact. You held the fort at right tackle, then became a dominant guard come January. The way you shut down Justin Smith, injured or not, was terrific at worst and legendary at best. Flacco had a clean pocket for most of the game, and you're largely to thank for that.

Thank you Matt Birk, for showing that you still had something left. Everyone proclaimed you to be dead in the water last year, but you came back and turned in a great performance throughout the postseason. Many players have paid their dues on this team, but none more than you. 15 years and you're finally on top of the world. You deserve it.

Thank you Marshal Yanda, for being the gritty, nasty, dominant lineman that people love to see from a Baltimore Raven. You're as genuine of a star as anyone on this offense, and I have no doubt that Flacco, Rice and crew are as grateful as can be for what you have given to this offense. Ben Grubbs, though a good player, might have been replaceable. You? Not so much.

Thank you Michael Oher, for never complaining. Being shifted back and forth must be extremely frustrating, but you have always embraced the opportunity. You haven't always been the most praised Raven, but you've always given 110% and, during the playoffs, made a very positive impact at right tackle.

Thank you Haloti Ngata, for playing through absolutely anything and still doing it at a high level. When healthy, you're a transcendent, Hall of Fame talent. When playing though injuries, you're still a phenomenal player - I don't care what anyone else says. You are anchor of this defense, this team's most dominant player of the last five years. A man can hope that you find yourself in Canton one day.

Thank you to all of the young guys up front - Pernell McPhee, Arthur Jones, Terrence Cody, and DeAngelo Tyson. The defensive line may have been in flux this year, but you were all there to rise to the challenge. You gave the quarterback pressure when we needed it most.

Thank you Ma'ake Kemoeatu, for coming back after all these years. It was a bit of a rough year, but you stuck around throughout the year and answered the call. We remember what you did in your first stint here, and we're glad you were able to come back and get a ring.

Thank you Dannell Ellerbe, for proving everybody wrong. You weren't well liked a year ago, but you came back this season, played at a very high level we had no idea you were capable of, and were quite easily our best pure linebacker this year. We'd love to have you back.

Thank you Paul Kruger, for turning into a monster. Any mentions of the "B" word were silenced instantly and dramatically this season, and in the playoffs you kicked it up another notch. Two sacks in the Super Bowl is incredible, and you will always be remembered as a Super Bowl hero. Enjoy the pay day. You've earned it. We'd love to have you back as a Raven, but wish you the best of luck wherever you end up.

Thank you Terrell Suggs, for doing the impossible. It doesn't matter how many sacks you had, only that you came back from one of the worst possible injuries a football player can have in a matter of five months.

Thank you Courtney Upshaw, for being Jarret Johnson. Sacks schmacks, you showed your abilities as a run stopper in a way no rookie should have been able to do. You're going to play a big role for us in years to come, and we're excited to see you grow and develop.

Thank you Lardarius Webb, for being a great player and a great sport. Your injury was absolutely crushing, but you've still been a part of the team and even if it was just five games, your contribution in that early stretch of the season was extremely valuable.

Thank you Corey Graham, for being yet another great free agent pickup. So many clutch plays, but one that will never be forgotten.

Thank you Jimmy Smith, for saving your best for last. The first two years of your career have been frustrating, I understand that, but you took your Super Bowl opportunity and showed the world that you can go out there and make a difference. it was the most important play in Ravens history, and you were the one to save the day.

Thank you Bernard Pollard, for being Bernard Pollard. You've proven your worth over the last two years and become a legitimate impact player when no one thought you had anything left in you.

Thank you Justin Tucker, for coming through in the clutch. Your two field goals in the Super Bowl were business as usual, with no real concern that you were ever going to miss them. And the game winner in Denver is one of many moments in that game that will go down in history. Next Stover? You're off to a good start.

Thank you Sam Koch, for being Mr. Reliable. Forget about that one little shank in the Super Bowl. You've always been one of the league's better punters, and you've probably been the best fake field goal artist over that time period. Your safety at the end was awesome, too.

Thank you Morgan Cox, because Go Vols.

Thank you Ed Reed, for everything you've done. It would have been incredibly sad if your Ravens career never included a championship. We no longer have to worry about that. I don't know if this was your last game as a Raven, but if it was, what a fitting way to go out. An interception in the Super Bowl. Incredible. We love you Ed, and we can't to see you in Canton.

Thank you Ray Lewis, for everything you've done. What a way to go out. None of us will ever forget just how magical this run has been, and you're at the forefront of it. Your dances in the wild card game were nothing short of perfection. Your performances against Denver and New England were reminiscent of the Ray we've always loved. And the fact that your career concludes with you hoisting the Lombardi Trophy is downright unfathomable. You will always be Mr. Raven, just as Johnny Unitas was Mr. Colt and Cal Ripken and Brooks Robinson were both Mr. Oriole. As far as I'm concerned, you're all equals. That's how much you mean to this city, Ray.

Thank you John Harbaugh, for being one of the best coaches in the entire NFL. Any claims that you are riding this team to success are preposterous. You are an incredible leader of men, an innovative thinker, and you now have a leg up on your little bro. This team has had every reason to fall apart, yet you've always kept them together and in the win colum despite whatever adversity they have faced. Is it too early for Hall of Fame talk?

Thank you Ozzie Newsome, for always being right. Your moves as GM, from 1996 to today, are responsible for what this franchise has become. Your resume is as good as any, and there's no end in sight. Just keep doing your thing on draft day, and this franchise will contend for many Lombardis to come.

Thank you Eric DeCosta and everyone else in the scouting department. It's not just the GM, it's the entire front office that makes this team what it is.

Thank you Steve Bisciotti, for embodying everything that is great about an owner. Your skills are remarkable, your way of handling organizational upheaval is as professional and efficent as it gets, and you know what it takes to put your team in the best position to win. Best of all, you're a Marylander. It's not just a business to you, it's a passion for the game, the team, and the city. And that's what makes you the best owner in football.
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:11 PM

Who didn't you shout out?! :D
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:15 PM

Who didn't you shout out?! :D


Forgot the coordinators. Caldwell for turning the offense around, Pees for handling things the right way all along, and Cam for doing the best he could and being a good sport about things.
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:53 PM

Forgot the coordinators. Caldwell for turning the offense around, Pees for handling things the right way all along, and Cam for doing the best he could and being a good sport about things.


Did Cameron get a ring?
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:56 PM

Thank you Joe Flacco, for turning in one of the most legendary runs the game of football has ever seen. The things you did in the Super Bowl were nothing short jaw dropping. Elite, not elite, I don't care, because you're good enough to take us to the Super Bowl every year. You don't need to listen to anything the media says, because you've permanently and irreversibly proven them wrong. Regardless of what the rest of the nation thinks, you are and always will be a hero to Baltimore. You want a new contract? Shut up and take my money. You're immortal now.

Thank you Ray Rice. You didn't come through in the playoffs, but that doesn't mean you weren't important. Who knows where we are without 4th and 29, not to mention your contributions throughout the season.

Thank you Bernard Pierce, for giving us excitement every time the ball was handed off to you. You'll get your chance to shine in a starting role very soon. You're one of the smartest and most exciting pure runners out there, and that will lead to a very fruitful career.

Thank you Vonta Leach, for being the bulldozer everyone thought you would be. The Ravens may not be a power running team anymore, but whenever they needed to stick to the run you were there to pave the way.

Thank you Torrey Smith, for being the incredible human being you are. You brings things to this team on and off the field that are beyond valuable, and even if it didn't show in the stat sheet you made a tremendous impact in the playoffs. After two shorts years, you're already one of the most beloved players in Ravens history.

Thank you Anquan Boldin, for never becoming the disgruntled veteran many people in your situation would have been. You fought through age and some on field struggles to play a crucial role in this team's success. Your Super Bowl performance was nothing short of phenomenal - the plays you and Flacco connected on would have been impossible for most. After so many years, you're finally a champion.

Thank you Jacoby Jones, for establishing yourself as a playoff hero. So many memorable plays from this magical run will have your name attached to them. Your explosiveness saved us against the Broncos and essentially won us the Super Bowl. You're one of the best free agent signings Ozzie has ever made.

Thank you Dennis Pitta, for being a worthy successor to Todd Heap (it breaks my heart that he couldn't be here). Reliable may be too cliched of a word, but you are just that. Always there when we need a 1st down, always there in those crucial goal line situations. You're the glue guy every passing game needs.

Thank you Ed Dickson. It hasn't been an easy road for you, getting phased out of the offense this year. Most people thought you were done. But you got your chance in the Super Bowl and made two huge plays for us. Don't think we'll forget about that.

Thank you Bryant McKinnie, for never giving up. You had every reason to, and I can't imagine anyone thinking you would make the comeback you did. You got your chance to redeem yourself, and you passed that test with flying colors.

Thank you Kelechi Osemele, for coming in right away and making an impact. You held the fort at right tackle, then became a dominant guard come January. The way you shut down Justin Smith, injured or not, was terrific at worst and legendary at best. Flacco had a clean pocket for most of the game, and you're largely to thank for that.

Thank you Matt Birk, for showing that you still had something left. Everyone proclaimed you to be dead in the water last year, but you came back and turned in a great performance throughout the postseason. Many players have paid their dues on this team, but none more than you. 15 years and you're finally on top of the world. You deserve it.

Thank you Marshal Yanda, for being the gritty, nasty, dominant lineman that people love to see from a Baltimore Raven. You're as genuine of a star as anyone on this offense, and I have no doubt that Flacco, Rice and crew are as grateful as can be for what you have given to this offense. Ben Grubbs, though a good player, might have been replaceable. You? Not so much.

Thank you Michael Oher, for never complaining. Being shifted back and forth must be extremely frustrating, but you have always embraced the opportunity. You haven't always been the most praised Raven, but you've always given 110% and, during the playoffs, made a very positive impact at right tackle.

Thank you Haloti Ngata, for playing through absolutely anything and still doing it at a high level. When healthy, you're a transcendent, Hall of Fame talent. When playing though injuries, you're still a phenomenal player - I don't care what anyone else says. You are anchor of this defense, this team's most dominant player of the last five years. A man can hope that you find yourself in Canton one day.

Thank you to all of the young guys up front - Pernell McPhee, Arthur Jones, Terrence Cody, and DeAngelo Tyson. The defensive line may have been in flux this year, but you were all there to rise to the challenge. You gave the quarterback pressure when we needed it most.

Thank you Ma'ake Kemoeatu, for coming back after all these years. It was a bit of a rough year, but you stuck around throughout the year and answered the call. We remember what you did in your first stint here, and we're glad you were able to come back and get a ring.

Thank you Dannell Ellerbe, for proving everybody wrong. You weren't well liked a year ago, but you came back this season, played at a very high level we had no idea you were capable of, and were quite easily our best pure linebacker this year. We'd love to have you back.

Thank you Paul Kruger, for turning into a monster. Any mentions of the "B" word were silenced instantly and dramatically this season, and in the playoffs you kicked it up another notch. Two sacks in the Super Bowl is incredible, and you will always be remembered as a Super Bowl hero. Enjoy the pay day. You've earned it. We'd love to have you back as a Raven, but wish you the best of luck wherever you end up.

Thank you Terrell Suggs, for doing the impossible. It doesn't matter how many sacks you had, only that you came back from one of the worst possible injuries a football player can have in a matter of five months.

Thank you Courtney Upshaw, for being Jarret Johnson. Sacks schmacks, you showed your abilities as a run stopper in a way no rookie should have been able to do. You're going to play a big role for us in years to come, and we're excited to see you grow and develop.

Thank you Lardarius Webb, for being a great player and a great sport. Your injury was absolutely crushing, but you've still been a part of the team and even if it was just five games, your contribution in that early stretch of the season was extremely valuable.

Thank you Corey Graham, for being yet another great free agent pickup. So many clutch plays, but one that will never be forgotten.

Thank you Jimmy Smith, for saving your best for last. The first two years of your career have been frustrating, I understand that, but you took your Super Bowl opportunity and showed the world that you can go out there and make a difference. it was the most important play in Ravens history, and you were the one to save the day.

Thank you Bernard Pollard, for being Bernard Pollard. You've proven your worth over the last two years and become a legitimate impact player when no one thought you had anything left in you.

Thank you Justin Tucker, for coming through in the clutch. Your two field goals in the Super Bowl were business as usual, with no real concern that you were ever going to miss them. And the game winner in Denver is one of many moments in that game that will go down in history. Next Stover? You're off to a good start.

Thank you Sam Koch, for being Mr. Reliable. Forget about that one little shank in the Super Bowl. You've always been one of the league's better punters, and you've probably been the best fake field goal artist over that time period. Your safety at the end was awesome, too.

Thank you Morgan Cox, because Go Vols.

Thank you Ed Reed, for everything you've done. It would have been incredibly sad if your Ravens career never included a championship. We no longer have to worry about that. I don't know if this was your last game as a Raven, but if it was, what a fitting way to go out. An interception in the Super Bowl. Incredible. We love you Ed, and we can't to see you in Canton.

Thank you Ray Lewis, for everything you've done. What a way to go out. None of us will ever forget just how magical this run has been, and you're at the forefront of it. Your dances in the wild card game were nothing short of perfection. Your performances against Denver and New England were reminiscent of the Ray we've always loved. And the fact that your career concludes with you hoisting the Lombardi Trophy is downright unfathomable. You will always be Mr. Raven, just as Johnny Unitas was Mr. Colt and Cal Ripken and Brooks Robinson were both Mr. Oriole. As far as I'm concerned, you're all equals. That's how much you mean to this city, Ray.

Thank you John Harbaugh, for being one of the best coaches in the entire NFL. Any claims that you are riding this team to success are preposterous. You are an incredible leader of men, an innovative thinker, and you now have a leg up on your little bro. This team has had every reason to fall apart, yet you've always kept them together and in the win colum despite whatever adversity they have faced. Is it too early for Hall of Fame talk?

Thank you Ozzie Newsome, for always being right. Your moves as GM, from 1996 to today, are responsible for what this franchise has become. Your resume is as good as any, and there's no end in sight. Just keep doing your thing on draft day, and this franchise will contend for many Lombardis to come.

Thank you Eric DeCosta and everyone else in the scouting department. It's not just the GM, it's the entire front office that makes this team what it is.

Thank you Steve Bisciotti, for embodying everything that is great about an owner. Your skills are remarkable, your way of handling organizational upheaval is as professional and efficent as it gets, and you know what it takes to put your team in the best position to win. Best of all, you're a Marylander. It's not just a business to you, it's a passion for the game, the team, and the city. And that's what makes you the best owner in football.

Awesome post.


My throat still hurts a bit from screaming and yelling at the TV by myself. :P
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 06:36 PM

I wanna shout this out to the other 31 teams...
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:14 PM

lol thats like the whole team! haha but yeah there were a ton of players who really stepped up and had a big impact this season.
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:20 PM

This might sound stupid but thr 4th and 29 is over blown to me in an aspect. It helped cause they got to rest guys against the Bengals but the only difference is the team wouldve needed to win the last game after the Giants game. Still could've won the division regardless.
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