This Day in Football: Baltimore Ravens are Born

Baltimore Ravens, TCIPF Staff, This Day in NFL History, Top 10

On this date in football – September 1, 1996– the Baltimore Ravens played their first regular season game as a new franchise against the Oakland Raiders.  Acquiring their name as the result of a fan contest, the team’s identity was inspired by long-time Baltimore resident and poet Edgar Allan Poe’s, “The Raven.”  By defeating the Raiders 19-14, the Ravens would give their new city a good first impression.

Here’s a look back on how the 1996 Draft helped shape the Ravens into a contender, as originally presented on Top Ten Draft Classes. 

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