Dating back to this past offseason, the Baltimore Ravens have gone through many tough times that would normally be too much for a team to handle for an entire season. The fact that the Ravens have made it to the Super Bowl, despite their difficult times, can make one think that they are a team destined to win the championship.
Before the season even started, linebacker Terrell Suggs tore his Achilles tendon, and was expected to miss the season. Despite what doctors said, the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year vowed to return to the field before the season ended. Suggs was then put on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, and was removed from the list this past October.
What had an affect on the entire team, and the league, was the death of the franchise’s long-time owner Art Modell. The untimely passing of Modell was days before the start of the regular season, and gave the Ravens motivation to make this season special for Modell.
Less than a month later, Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith was hit with the tragic news of the death of his younger brother. Baltimore was scheduled to play on the day of the tragic motorcycle accident of Smith’s brother, yet Smith opted to play with a heavy heart.
Finally, came the triceps injury to linebacker Ray Lewis. Just like Suggs, Lewis was placed on the PUP list, only to be removed so he could participate this postseason. Lewis then made his return more interesting by announcing that he would retire at the end of this season.
If someone were to hear this story, they would probably think that this was a script written for a Hollywood movie. Through the tragic losses, the injuries, and the marking of the end of one of the greatest NFL careers, the Ravens just might have more than enough motivation to march into New Orleans and come away with their second Super Bowl title in franchise history, even though they are considered underdogs.
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