Found February 05, 2013 on Sports Blog Net:
This really hurts to come on this forum and write this article, but I just want to say congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens for winning Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday night. They defeated the San Francisco 49ers, who are my favorite team, 34-31 to win the franchise's second NFL title. While I am sad to see the 49ers lose, it's not the worst thing in the world to see the Ravens, who have been through so many things during the season, come out on top. You can't help but be happy for a team a lot of people counted out in terms of winning a Super Bowl title. As any team who wins a championship, there are a lot of stories that come out in terms of the sacrifices players make to come together for a common goal, and the Ravens were full of those type of players. There's middle linebacker Ray Lewis, who is retiring after this season and was supposed to miss the rest of the season after tearing his right triceps muscle back in October. Lewis recovered quickly enough to return in time for the beginning of the playoffs, where he announced he was retiring. The announcement turned out to be somewhat of a rallying cry for the Ravens during one of the most improbable playoff runs in league history. There's outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who torn his Achilles' Tendon before the start of training camp and was supposed to miss the whole campaign. Suggs was able to return from this injury in the middle of the season, a return that is one of the most remarkable feats you'll see this side of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. There's free safety Ed Reed, who is the best safety ever to play football in some people's eyes. Many automatically think Reed was part of the Ravens team that won the Super Bowl in the 2000-'01 season, but he didn't come into the league until 2002. Reed is definitely a first ballot hall-of-famer if he decided to retire right now, and it's good to see him get a much deserved ring for all of his hard work and dedication. There's wide receiver Torrey Smith, who lost his brother in a motorcycle accident a day before the Ravens were to play the New England Patriots in September. That day, Smith caught two touchdowns in a 31-30 Ravens victory. Many people would have checked out when you go through a tragic loss like that, and understandably so. But the Ravens were able to rally around Smith, and he continued his inspired play to help the team get to the promised land. There's quarterback Joe Flacco, who said at the beginning of the year he is an elite quarterback. As was the case with New York Giants QB Eli Manning when he said he was elite at the beginning of last season, everyone laughed at Flacco when he made his statement. We all know the end result for Manning, and the season ended the same way for Flacco, who was also the Super Bowl MVP. I was one of those people who has been very critical of Flacco. I even went as far to say the Ravens were winning in spite of him on some occasions. Flacco, after this playoff run, has made me a believer. Last, but not least, there's head coach John Harbaugh, who was able to keep the team together through all of the trials and tribulations and had to defeat his brother, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, to win this title. There were a lot of events that happened during the course of the season that could have sent the Ravens into a tale spin. When those events occur, it takes a strong coach to keep the team in line and most of all, keep the spirits up. John Harbaugh definitely did just that. Needless to say, this is a team who showed the physical, mental and emotional toughness necessary to win a title. All of the events mentioned just made them stronger and brought them closer together. It's good to see players' sacrifices pay off with a title. Once again, congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens for winning Super Bowl XLVII.
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