The Baltimore Ravens was established on February 9, 1996, as a professional American football team in Baltimore, Maryland. The team plays in their home stadium M&T Bank Stadium and is headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland and competes in the National Football League since 1996 to the present. The team also has competed in the American Football Conference Central Division since 1996 to 2001, and Northern Division since 2002 to the present.
The Baltimore Ravens have been one of the more successful teams since its establishment in 1996, having qualified ten times for the NFL playoffs since 2000 together with two Super Bowl appearances and victories in Super Bowl XXXV in addition to Super Bowl XLVII. The team also has two AFC Championship titles both in 2000 and 2012, as well as 4 AFC Northern Division victories in 2003, 20006, 2011, and 2012 in addition to 15 playoff victories. The team has also performed exceptionally well in 4 AFC Championship game appearances in 2000, 2008, 2011, and 2012 and is presently the only NFL team to have an excellent record in multiple Super Bowls together with Thanksgiving appearances.
Ozzie Newsome has been the General Manager of the team since 1996 and has also been steered by three head coaches, Brian Billick, Ted Marchibroda, and John Harbaugh having a record-breaking defensive unit for the 2000 season. Baltimore Ravens developed a reputation of having a strong defensive unit led by players of note such as middle linebacker Ray Lewis who was long considered as the face of the team. Owned by Steve Bisciotti, Baltimore Ravens is valued at $1.5 billion that makes it the 24th world’s most valuable sporting franchise.
Some current players of note include quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Ryan Mallet, running backs Javorious Allen and Alex Collins, offensive linemen Tony Bergstrom and Luke Bowanko, linebackers Tyus Bowser and Kamalei Correa, wide receivers Michael Campanaro and Jeremy Maclin, and tight ends Nick Boyle and Vince Mayle. Others include defensive linemen Carl Davis and Willie Henry, defensive backs Brandon Carr and Chuck Clark, special teams Morgan Cox and Sam Koch, reserve list Brandon Boykin and Bam Bradley, and practice squad Quincy Adeboyejo and John Crockett.
The Baltimore Ravens Hall of Famers include Mike Singletary for the 2003 to 2004 seasons inducted in 1998, Ozzie Newsome for 1996 to the present inducted in 1999, Rod Woodson for the 1998 to 2001 seasons inducted in 2009, Shannon Sharpe for the 2000 to 2001 seasons inducted in 2011, Delon Sanders for the 2004 to 2005 seasons inducted in 2011, and Jonathan Ogden for the 1996 to 2007 seasons inducted in 2013.
Baltimore Ravens' key rivals include Pittsburg Steelers, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, and Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Northern Division. There are some career records to mention such as most tackles by Ray Lewis at 1,573 tackles from 1996 to 2012, most forced fumbles by Terrell Suggs at 28 forced fumbles from 2003 to present, and longest field goals made by Justin Tucker at 61 yards from 2012 to present.