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History of the Number: McPhee’s 90

DE Pernell McPhee has a lot to live up to with his next jersey.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Rookie defensive end Pernell McPhee is lucky in that the No. 90 he wore at Mississippi State was available when the Ravens drafted him 165th overall.

But for better or worse, it will take a lot to live up to that particular Ravens jersey number at the NFL level.

Several Ravens standouts have played with 90 emblazoned on their purple and black jerseys over the years.

Here is a look at who has also carried that number:

2006-09: DE Trevor Pryce
When Pryce was signed as a free agent in 2006, he burst onto the Ravens scene, notching career highs with 13 sacks and 73 tackles, and immediately boosting Baltimore’s pass rush. He also led the team his last season in Charm City with 6 ½ sacks. Even at a towering 6-foot-5, 290 pounds, Pryce could run like a linebacker. In addition, Pryce was a go-to quote for insightful analysis as one of the most respected veterans in the locker room.

2002-04: OLB Cornell Brown
Brown played for the Ravens twice, from 1997-2000 and from 2002-04. It was during his second stint when he wore No. 90. During that time, Brown was a valuable special teamer and role player on defense. Brown had a career year in 2002, when he started 14 contests and posted 62 tackles and 1 ½ sacks.

1996-2001: DE Rob Burnett
Relocating with the Ravens’ move to Baltimore from Cleveland, Burnett was a key member of the Ravens’ Super Bowl-winning squad with 10 ½ sacks in 2000. Burnett, who was one of the team’s radio analysts for WBAL from 2006-09, only missed four starts from 1997 on for the Ravens, successfully returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament during his 1996 campaign.

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