The Ravens capped off a raucous Super Bowl celebration at M&T Bank Stadium Tuesday.
The Baltimore Ravens celebrated their 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII with a wild parade that led a party at M&T Bank Stadium with roughly 80,000 fans. After winding through the streets of Baltimore, Ravens coaches, players and front-office personnel addressed the crowd on their home field.
The team entered the stadium accompanied by introductions from the PA announcer. After the Ravens' offense and defense were introduced as whole units, quarterback Joe Flacco made his way to the field, followed by retiring linebacker Ray Lewis. Lewis soaked up the energy from the cheering crowd, and before joining his teammates, he preformed his famous squirrel dance for perhaps the final time in front of such a large audience.
Once the team was in the stadium, a few Ravens spoke to the crowd, and the common theme was appreciation of the Baltimore fans. Owner Steve Bisciotti led off the comments, praising fans for the chip on their shoulder and hoping that even with the success of a Super Bowl win, it wouldn't go away. He was followed by head coach John Harbaugh and Lewis, but Ed Reed's time at the podium provided the top highlights of the event. As Eddie Money's "Two Tickets to Paradise" played over the PA, Reed sang along, serenading the crowd. He followed that up with a custom rendition of the New Orleans Saints' "Who Dat" cheer -- Reed is from the New Orleans area, after all -- and he capped off his vocal performance by leading the crowd in a "Seven Nation Army" chant.
While Reed may have provided the most entertaining moments of the celebration, Lewis was the often the focal point. A team leader with Baltimore since 1996, the Ravens made their surprising Super Bowl run with the knowledge that this season would be No. 52's last. Lewis's teammates and fans certainly sent him off in style.