Congratulating the Baltimore Ravens for Winning Super Bowl Xlviiby Senator Benjamin L. Cardin
Posted on 2013-02-14
CARDIN. Mr. President, we take this time in order to acknowledge
the extraordinary accomplishments of the Baltimore Ravens and their
victory in Super Bowl XLVII as well as to honor the players, coaches,
staff, and loyal fans who helped to secure the Ravens' second Lombardi
trophy in the last 12 years as the best team in the National Football
I have been a Baltimore football fan for as long as I can remember, from the days of the Baltimore Colts and Johnny Unitas, Alan Ameche, and Lenny Moore. I am so proud of this team. This team has guts. No one predicted them to win the Super Bowl--no one. At one point no one expected them to even get into the playoffs. They not only made the playoffs but they won in spectacular fashion. They looked after each other, and they worked hard.
Coach Harbaugh brought the team together. Ray Lewis, in his last season, motivated the team. We had players who were injured during the course of the season who came back to play in the playoffs. The team represented Baltimore so well and I think represented the best in football. They not only gave our city and our football fans the opportunity to come together, I was very much impressed how Baltimore changed during Super Bowl week. Our city was so proud of our team and so proud of the manner in which they conducted themselves on and off the field. They gave back to the community in so many different ways. They helped young people. They helped develop healthy lifestyles. They have been role models.
This Super Bowl will be remembered for a long time to come. I think in the first half we thought it was going to be a runaway game, but the Baltimore Ravens have a way to make sure they keep TV ratings high. It got a little more suspenseful, particularly when we had the blackout in the third-quarter, but in the end the Baltimore Ravens prevailed and Baltimore is the championship city.
We are so proud of the accomplishments of our team. Whether we are talking about the comeback of Ray Lewis or Terrell Suggs from a devastating injury or Ray Rice's fourth and 29 scramble to keep our playoff hopes alive, it is clear that the Ravens were the most determined team in the National Football League.
Unflappable Joe Flacco has established himself as a leader and one of the preeminent quarterbacks in the league. His Most Valuable Player performance in the Super Bowl was a fitting capstone on an MVP season and should prove once and for all ``Joe Cool'' has what it takes.
It has been thrilling to watch the Ravens this year, to say the least. In a season during which the team clawed and ``cawed'' its way to some close victories, the Super Bowl was a fitting end. The Ravens came into New Orleans as the underdogs against incredible odds, and they prevailed as the world champions.
I applaud the team, the coaches, the managers, the owner, and all who were involved for giving not just Baltimore but for giving football a team everyone can admire.
I also want to acknowledge the gracious way in which our colleagues from California have handled the results of the Super Bowl. The 49ers are a great team. They played a great game and had a great season. Baltimore and San Francisco share a lot. We share great football and we share a bay. We call our bay the Chesapeake Bay and they call theirs the San Francisco Bay. We share great seafood, and we share a love for the sport of football.
I thank them for their graciousness, and I thank all involved for a great season for the Baltimore Ravens.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Maryland.