OWINGS MILLS, Md. — When the brand new Baltimore NFL group was on the lookout for a reputation, possession wished to get the native followers concerned.
So, the franchise requested the Maryland neighborhood to vote for the moniker.
In a ballot carried out by The Baltimore Solar, the title Ravens was unveiled on March 29, 1996, by an awesome 21,108 votes. The Individuals (5,597) and Marauders (5,583) had been distant second and third.
“The primary promise we made was that we might convey this [naming the team] again to the followers not directly,” David Modell, son of proprietor Artwork Mannequin, mentioned on the time. “That was vital to us.”
The title Ravens was derived from the poem, “The Raven,” by Edgar Allan Poe, who was born in Boston however lived and died in Baltimore. The title “Ravens” additionally was an efficient complement to the opposite skilled sports activities franchise on the town, the Baltimore Orioles of Main League Baseball.
In June 1996, the Baltimore Ravens unveiled their colours — black, purple and metallic gold. The brand new uniforms had been modeled by quarterback Vinny Testaverde, defensive finish Rob Burnett and huge receiver Michael Jackson.
The unique brand was the letter “B” inside a protect with wings to symbolize town of Baltimore. After a copyright dispute, the group adopted the hen brand in 1999 and it is nonetheless getting used immediately.
When the franchise relocated from Cleveland, the title “Browns” was left behind in order that metropolis may resurrect that title with a brand new franchise.
The Ravens had initially contacted Indianapolis about taking again the title “Colts” for when the group was in Baltimore, however the request was declined.
Thus, the Ravens had been born.