Ravens Reach the White House

Super Bowl Champions Baltimore Ravens were honored by President Obama today at the White House on Wednesday.

President Obama and Super Bowl Champions, The Baltimore Ravens.  Photo/CD Brown.

Coach John Harbaugh's  Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers (and brother Jim), 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII.

Giving back to the community, the Ravens plan to donate brand new uniforms for varsity football and girls’ basketball teams at Baltimore public schools (42 teams in all).

"That is very, very significant", said Baltimore resident and Ravens' fan, Congressman Elijah Cummings who lauded the team for their community outreach.

Recent Ravens' community activities include helping young people get active through the NFL's Play 60 campaign, and Skyping with a Maryland National Guard unit stationed in Afghanistan. 

Ray Rice eyes the Lombardi trophy. Photo/CD Brown.
Later this month, Coach Harbaugh will host a youth football clinic that emphasizes player safety and proper tackling technique. The team also plans to visit area hospitals, schools and senior centers this coming season.

The day may have been in honor of the guys black and purple, but President Obama made sure there were a few Chicago Bears fans featured in the audience.

Wishing the team good luck, Obama told the Ravens they would need it.

"You’re going to need it in week 11 when you go to my hometown of Chicago to play the Bears.  I brought some Chicago fans in here. Just so we weren’t overwhelmed to keep things in proper perspective."

Other jokes on the day included the president calling Ravens' safety, Ed Reed "old".

Ray Lewis and Ray Rice leaving White House.  Photo/CD Brown
"I will point out, by the way, that Ed is getting some gray hair, though.  I’m not the only one.   You’re like an old man."

The 34 year-old Reed is giving up his post in Baltimore, moving on to the pastures of the Houston Texans. (Fans -us included - still can't understand why this has to be).  Reed took out a full page ad in the Baltimore Sun thanking Ravens' fans for their support.

Also not returning to the Ravens' roster, linebacker Ray Lewis, who will retire his post after 17 remarkable seasons in the NFL.  It is expected that he will join ESPN as an NFL football commentator and analyst.