The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH is a sort of fantasy land for football fans. I am happy to say that I finally visited this famous place, a dream come true!
It was entertaining, interesting and educational, yet still “new” for us Baltimore Ravens fans.
The Hall features items from the Ravens short history including the jersey of former safety Ed Reed to recognize the time he broke the same record twice. In 2004 Reed intercepted a pass against the Cleveland Browns and returned it for 106 yards. He broke his own record in 2007 when he intercepted another pass against the Philadelphia Eagles and returned it for 107 yards.
While many former Ravens were inducted into the Hall of Fame as members of other teams, only one player has been inducted as a Raven, former left tackle, Jonathan Ogden. The Hall will induct two more Ravens when former linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed are eligible for the ballot. Lewis is eligible in 2018, Reed in 2019.
Walking down memory lane, it was interesting to see players from a team that no longer exists. I remember the Baltimore Colts, but I didn’t get to see former greats like Art Donovan, Johnny Unitas and Lenny Moore play, they were before my time.
I remember the Mayflower moving trucks and the sadness of the entire city until Art Modell saved the day and the Baltimore Ravens were born.
The Ravens are young, but they’ve made a huge mark in the National Football League breaking records and winning two Super Bowls. The Ravens are now part of football history and they are an important part of the Hall of Fame, I’m proud to be a fan.