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Floor Statement on Ravens Super Bowl Win

Feb 6, 2013
Floor Statement
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the world champions of football – the Baltimore Ravens. On February 3, the Vince Lombardi Trophy returned home. Home to Charm City.
 
Like Coach Harbaugh said, the win wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t perfect. But it was Baltimore.
 
We overcame the doubts of a nation. Baltimore was just an afterthought playing against a 3½-point favorite. 
 
We overcame injury – Bernard Pollard has played with not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, but SIX broken ribs this season.
 
We overcame an agonizing 34-minute game delay - when we seemed to lose not only power in the stadium but the wind in our sails. 
 
We overcame a second-half surge that left us screaming at our televisions, from Dundalk to Havre de Grace. I watched the game with my 92-year-old mother, and even she was fired up!
 
The team stuck together and got it done.
 
I want to congratulate Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti– a class act who does so much for our city, on the field and off.
 
Also Ravens President Dick Cass and General Manager Ozzie Newsome –who has the greatest mind in the NFL.
 
And of course, the players, especially Number 52 – Ray Lewis.
 
Last Sunday, the lights were out in the SuperDome for awhile, but at the end of the day, it was just lights out for the 49ers.  Baltimore could not be more proud to welcome our players and the Vince Lombardi trophy back home.