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To commemorate the Ravens’ season, where they won the AFC North and came within seconds of a Super Bowl bid, we’re going to highlight some of our “Top 5s” of the year.
As part of the series, we’ll look at the top five quotes, defensive hits, offensive athletic plays, memorable moments, and plays of the year.
Today, we’re starting off with the five most memorable quotes from the season.
The Ravens are a team with plenty of personalities, so it was hard to limit this section down to just five quotes.
The Ravens outside linebacker grabbed national attention when he introduced his college as “Ball So Hard University” during a Sunday Night Football broadcast of Baltimore’s game against Pittsburgh in Week 9. The phrase started trending on Twitter almost instantly, and it spawned the sale of t-shirts and even an ESPN feature with Kenny Mayne.
4. “This division is a Fu Manchu kind of division. It’s not a clean-shaven one for sure. We’ve got a style, and we like it.” – Cam Cameron.
The Ravens offensive coordinator made reference to Joe Flacco’s facial hair during the week leading up to the AFC championship game. Cameron was asked about the style of the Ravens offense and the kind of football played in the AFC North. The Fu Manchu that Flacco, tight end Dennis Pitta and punter Sam Koch wore during the back half of the season became a topic of discussion around Baltimore.
3. “It’s not the critic who counts. It’s the man who is in the arena, whose face is covered with blood, sweat and dust. He will never be with those poor and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – John Harbaugh, quoting Teddy Roosevelt.
Following the Ravens Week 9 comeback victory over the Steelers, the Ravens head coach recited Roosevelt’s emotional speech, “It’s Not the Critic Who Counts.” The next day, Harbaugh said that he memorized the speech as a kid and then he proved it by reciting the entire version for the media.
2. “I’m sure if we win [the Super Bowl] I’ll have nothing to do with why we won, according to you guys.” – Joe Flacco.
Before the Ravens first playoff game against the Texans, Flacco defended his play and called out the media for how he has been covered during his four-year career. Before the season started, Flacco told reporters that “I think I’m pretty damn good,” and he backed up that talk by nearly leading the Ravens to the Super Bowl.
The Ravens outside linebacker said this about Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during a postgame interview following the Ravens Week 1 victory over Pittsburgh. Suggs had three sacks in the Ravens 35-7 win over the Steelers, which got the season off to a tremendous start.