Top 50 Baltimore Ravens

You have to feel for the city of Cleveland when you discuss the Baltimore Ravens.

You know the story. Cleveland Browns owner, Art Modell, relocated the team to Baltimore in 1996 and as part of the settlement with the city of Cleveland the history and logo of the Browns remained in Northern Ohio. This renders for historical (and for our) purposes a franchise that has a history that begins in 1996 and anything done prior to that has nothing to do with our list.

The Baltimore Ravens accomplished what the original (and current) incarnation has failed to do. They are two time Super Bowl Champions (XXXV) and (XLVII) and fit in just fine in the AFC North, one of the most bruising divisions in the National Football League.

This list is up to the end of the 2014 regular season.

Note: Football lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics and post-season accolades.
Could it really be anyone else? The surefire first ballot Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, did everything a fan could a Ravens fan could ask for. The charismatic Linebacker was on both Super Bowl Championship Teams, and was named the MVP in his first one.
You can’t think of ball hawks in the 2000’s without thinking of the name, Ed Reed. The cerebral Safety seems to know what the Quarterback was gong to do before he did and it was no fluke that three times he would lead the National Football League in Interceptions.
The first ever draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens could have easily been number 2, but there is no doubt that Jonathan Ogden was an excellent pick for the team and would become a long time anchor for the Ravens O-Line.
The third player in Baltimore Ravens history to win the AP Defensive Player of the Year, Terrell Suggs is the all-time franchise leader in Quarterback Sacks at well over 100 and in Forced Fumbles. Suggs was also the Defensive Rookie of the Year and to date he has gone to six Pro Bowls. While he is known for off-field issues,…
For a five year period, Haloti Ngata was part of elite of Defensive Tackles. Ngata was actually a First Team All Pro twice, and was known for his ability to adapt to multiple defensive schemes. He was a very big part of the Ravens second Super Bowl win and it is no accident that during his tenure in Baltimore they…
While he is sometimes considering a polarizing Quarterback, and there have been often debates as to whether he is elite or not, Joe Flacco did lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl win (where he was named he MVP) and has put up really good numbers while doing it. His run with Baltimore is not over yet, and a jump…
For a few years, Chris McAlister was one of the most explosive Cornerbacks in the National Football League and also one of the most entertaining. A three time Pro Bowler, McAlister led the NFL Interception Return Yards in 2000 and was a First Team All Pro Selection in 2003. Sadly, he would become more famous or losing his money quickly.
A brilliant pass rusher, Peter Boulware was a key member of that legendary Ravens defense that won Super Bowl XXXV. The linebacker was named the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1997 and would go on to four Pro Bowls. Had Bowulware not had shoulder issues, he might have been able to come up with a few more years…
The current Ravens all-time leader in Rushing Yards, played six seasons with the team where he exceeded the 1,000 Rushing Yard mark five times, one of which in 2003, saw him break 2,000 Yards. In that magical campaign, he was named the AP Offensive Player of the Year and was also the NFL Alumni Running Back of the Year.
While Marshal Yanda may always be the “second best Offensive Lineman” I Baltimore Ravens history, he has proven himself to be more than effective as an anchor on the front line.
We all know that it did not end well for Ray Rice in Baltimore (or in the NFL for that matter) but fact remains that he was one of the better Running Backs in the NFL for a four year span and he earned all three of those Pro Bowl selections.
Possessing one of the bigger hearts in Professional Football, Nose Tackle, Kelly Gregg scratched and clawed his way on the Baltimore Ravens roster after stints on the practice squad and the World League. Gregg may never have made a Pro Bowl, but he was a highly regarded Nose Tackle who earned the respect of his teammates and opponents alike.
A two time Pro Bowler, Adalius Thomas might just be the most versatile player in Baltimore Ravens history. The two time Pro Bowl and one time First Team All Pro Selection was part of not just a special Ravens defense, but was a member of a potent special teams attack early in his Ravens tenure.
Michael McCrary was a relentless pass rusher who pound for pound made the most of everything he had. He was rewarded with two trips to the Pro Bowl and the attitude he exhibited on the field was shown off of it as shown by his 2001 win of the “Whizzer” White NFL Man of the Year Award.
While Derrick Mason was not a member of any Baltimore Raven Super Bowl winning team, nor did he make the Pro Bowl in Baltimore (though he did in Tennessee twice) he was a very good Wide Receiver and was a primary target for Joe Flacco. Mason would amass close to 6,000 Yards Receiving in Baltimore and currently holds the record…
Playing the majority of his career with the Baltimore Ravens (including a stint with Cleveland prior to the relocation), Matt Stover would emerge as the all-time leading scorer for the Ravens and was a very reliable kicker in his day.

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As of this writing, Todd Heap has the most Receiving Touchdowns in Ravens history and is considered to be the best Tight End in franchise history. Heap was not part of any of the Ravens Super Bowl wins, but was a major offensive threat and a crowd favorite, especially during times when there was not as much to cheer about.
While 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee had the best part of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Woodson was a still a force to be recognized in Baltimore. In the four years he played there, the Defensive Back would help Baltimore win the Super Bowl (which did not happen in Pittsburgh), still made another Second Team All Pro…
Originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns, Rob Burnett played there for six seasons including a Pro Bowl campaign and when the franchise relocated to Baltimore, he gave them six more. He recorded 26.5 Quarterback Sacks and helped them win their first Super Bowl.