BALTIMORE - A makeshift field trip for students from James McHenry Elementary School, a mad dash for the Ravens fresh off of their Super Bowl victory and some get up close time for Head Coach John Harbaugh came in the hours leading up to the celebration.
A standing room only crowd at M&T Bank Stadium welcomed the second Lombardi trophy in Ravens history and bid a final farewell to the man who had a hand in both of them---Number 52… Ray Lewis.
"Baltimore. There's no place in the world... there's no better place on this earth than Baltimore," said Lewis, addressing a crowd of an estimated 70,000 fans.
Entering the stadium to chants of “MVP!”, Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco thanked the crowd.
"You know we been through a lot this year---a lot of highs, a couple of lows and you guys have stood there through it all just like you always do,” said Flacco, “You're a special group and we love you and hey man, it doesn't get any better than this so we appreciate you coming out today this is awesome.
"Thank you. Thank you for today,” added Harbaugh, “Thank you for every single day. We talk about the team... look around... this is the team. This whole stadium is packed with the Baltimore Raven team... together."
And as the players exited the stadium and Owner Steve Bisciotti wisked away the hardware, the fans left as well knowing that they had just been part of a day that will long be remembered by their beloved Baltimore.
"This was the best thing ever,” said Theresa Gill-Lemon, “I had to make sure that my granddaughter came here so that she'll be able to say that she was here. She wasn't here when they won in 2001."
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