More than a game

Ravens: Football team that has enchanted Baltimore kicks off drive to gain respect for `winning ugly.'

January 14, 2001

LIFE ISN'T always glamorous. Few of us look like Brad Pitt, live in mansions like Bill Gates, dance like Michael Jackson.

Instead, we do whatever it takes to get the job done.

That's the story of the Baltimore Ravens, too. Hard working. Unheralded. Not the smoothest or the most talented. But this football team wins games. "Winning ugly" is the term. A grind-it-out running attack. Blocked field goals. Punts returned for touchdowns. A smothering run defense.

The media glorify teams with high-scoring offenses and marquee quarterbacks. Teams with an aura of invincibility. Like today's hosts, the Oakland Raiders.

The Ravens don't get much respect. Neither does Baltimore. We're not a high-tech mecca or a power-center city. But somehow we make it work, just as the team does.

Success means doing the little things well, learning your craft, cooperating with colleagues and seizing opportunities.

That's the Ravens' challenge. We understand the difficulty of gaining entry to America's biggest sports event, the Super Bowl.

It will take a team effort, solid fundamentals and fierce determination. We're with them. It's more than a game. It's a way of life.

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