It is customary for the team that wins the Super Bowl, or any championship for that matter, to have a victory parade.
On Tuesday, the Baltimore Ravens took to the streets of Baltimore for that very reason. In case you have been living under a rock, the Ravens won the Super Bowl on Sunday by defeating the San Francisco 49ers. The parade was a success, but as with anything good, there will always be naysayers.
The Ravens traveled to M&T Stadium via military vehicles, something they also did 12 years ago when they won their first Super Bowl. However, there are folks who do not agree with the gesture. They say that it was inappropriate to use the Humvees in the parade and that the real heroes are not the Super Bowl champions, but rather the military personnel driving and escorting the vehicles and those who are deployed overseas.
Having been a Marine for the better part of the last 12 years now, I can tell you that, personally, I think it is a very cool gesture. I have not driven a Humvee in about four years, but if the team I root for just won the Super Bowl and they contacted my unit about using our Humvees in their celebratory parade, you better believe I’m going to break out that old Humvee license and bring along any team paraphernalia I can find so I can get autographs.
I do not think the Ravens organization is being disrespectful to the military. In fact, I think it speaks volumes about the NFL’s involvement in military programs and it also shows the kind of relationship they have been able to establish with the armed forces.