This Day In Sports History (February 8th) — Baltimore Ravens
It was on this day in 1996 that representatives of Cleveland and the NFL reached a settlement with Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell that would allow him to move the franchise to Baltimore. Following a fan contest, they would adopt the “Ravens” nickname and the Baltimore Raves were born.
When Modell first announced his intentions to move the team, his plans were not accepted with open arms from the city of Cleveland or the league. However, all sides were eventually able to negotiate a deal that would allow the Browns’ name, colors, uniform designs and franchise records to remain in Cleveland. The Browns would be reactivated three years later, whereas the Ravens would be considered an expansion franchise in 1996.
The Ravens would begin to build a solid franchise from there, drafting Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis in the first-round of the 1996 draft, and Peter Boulware during the next year’s draft. It would not be long before they found themselves in the Super Bowl, defeating the New York Giants in the big game on January 28, 2001.
Here is a highlight video from the Ravens’ Super Bowl victory.
Dino Ciccarelli, NHL – Born February 8th 1960 (age 53) in Sarnia, Ontario
Alonzo Mourning, NBA – Born February 8th 1970 (age 43) in Chesapeake, Virginia
Kimbo Slice, UFC – Born February 8th 1974 (age 39) in Nassau, Bahamas