Baltimore Ravens Team History
There's a polite fiction that the Baltimore Ravens entered the NFL as a brand-new franchise in 1996 but in fact, the Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore and became known as the Ravens.
Once the then Cleveland Browns francise declared it was moving, the league and the city of Cleveland entered into an agreement that the team name and records would remain with the city for eventual use by another NFL franchise.
So with the agreement in place the "new" team had select a new name. NFL properties came up with a list of more than 100 possible nicknames, which were eventually narrowed down to three and the Baltimore Sun conducted a poll of fans to select one. Of 33,288 who phoned in, 21,108 voted for the Ravens which eventually was taken as their new franchise name.
The Ravens have experienced great success in their brief history, making the playoffs nine times between 2000 & 2013, with two Super Bowl victories (2000 and 2013), two AFC Championship titles (2000 and 2012), four AFC North division titles (2003, 2006, 2011 and 2012), and as of the 2013 season, the only team in the NFL to hold a perfect record in multiple Super Bowl appearances.
Baltimore Ravens Chronological History
Baltimore Ravens Franchise Information
- Franchise Granted: 1996
- First Season: 1996
- Baltimore Ravens (1996 - Present)
On March 29, 1996, Baltimore's NFL team officially became known as the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens nickname was overwhelmingly selected from among three finalists in a poll conducted by the Baltimore Sun. Baltimore fans selected the name in honor of Edgar Allan Poe, the American poet who penned his famous poem, "The Raven" while living in Baltimore.
Baltimore Ravens - Stadium
M&T Bank Stadium at Camden Yards1101 Russell Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Previous StadiumsMemorial Stadium (1996-1997)
M&T Bank Stadium (1998-present)
also known as PSINet Stadium (1998-2002)
also known as Ravens Stadium (2002-2003)
League Championships2000, 2012
Conference Championships2000 (AFC), 2012 (AFC)
Division Championships2000 (AFC North), 2003 (AFC North), 2006 (AFC North), 2008 (AFC North), 2011 (AFC North), 2012 (AFC North)
Wild Card Wins2000 (AFC North), 2001 (AFC North), 2008 (AFC North), 2009 (AFC North), 2010 (AFC North), 2012 (AFC North)
Years in Playoffs2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Hall of Fame Members
Hope De Los SantosSan Diego Chargers fan - Phoenix Arizona
Amy ChalmersMinnesota Vikinga fan - Portland Oregon
Crystal BurrowsDallas Cowboys fan - Austin Texas
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