Ravens Nation is a beautiful thing. Something that Baltimore natives truly have adopted all their own and probably couldn’t live without. Yet, those older Baltimore natives still remember the days of football that didn’t involve purple and black. The Baltimore Colts had as rich a history as any franchise that played in the NFL, and their departure from Charm City in 1983 shocked the east coast.
In the years after, there was a void in the city as far as sports were concerned. The Baltimore Stallions came and went with a pretty decent following. But all this really underscored was the fact that there was a city that sorely missed having a football team to call their own. There were cries from the rooftops for the NFL to return a franchise to Baltimore, and in 1996, Paul Tagliabue finally heard them.
But it was Art Modell who answered them.
In the 17 seasons that the Ravens have existed, this city has grown to adore the late Art Modell. Not only did he bring football back to Baltimore, but he brought a brand of football that truly represented the city’s spirit. Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis ushered in a blue-collar attitude, and the city and franchise haven’t looked back since.
However, should Baltimore — who had experienced the pain of losing a beloved team — have declined Modell’s attempts to move the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore out of respect for the Cleveland fan base? Ravens fans will surely say no, however Carl Pfeiffer states his case in his top 10 events in NFL offseason history.