BALTIMORE — Baltimore celebrated with its Super Bowl champion Ravens on Tuesday, with thousands of fans in purple lining the streets and packing the team’s stadium for a celebration.
Fans filled the square in front of City Hall and cheered when the team arrived and when players held the silver Lombardi trophy aloft. The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management estimated that 200,000 people took part in the celebration in Charm City, including at City Hall, along the parade route and at the stadium.
Coach John Harbaugh thanked the fans for their support, and safety Ed Reed sang the melody of Eddie Money’s “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Retiring middle linebacker Ray Lewis, the only current player to have started with the team when it came to the city from Cleveland in 1996, told fans the team had fulfilled a promise to go to New Orleans and win.
The players were about an hour late arriving, but fans waited to see them pile into military vehicles and set off on their drive to the stadium.
Lewis had a position of honor in a military vehicle that brought up the end of the procession. He touched his hand to his heart and gave fans a double thumbs-up as he started on the parade route. Fans followed behind, surrounding the back of the vehicle.
Cardinals hire ‘Stump’
New Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has completed his staff with the announcement of the hiring of 13 assistants. The group includes former Cardinal Stump Mitchell (The Citadel) as running backs coach, and Amos Jones as special teams coordinator. Mitchell was head coach at Southern University the past three seasons. Jones has spent the past six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was special teams coach there last year.
Browns cut Rucker
The Browns’ switch on defense started with defensive end Frostee Rucker, a top free agent signing last year, being shifted out the door. Rucker was released by Cleveland, the first major move as the Browns change from a 4-3 defense to a multi-front system under new coach Rob Chudzinski and coordinator Ray Horton.
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The Bengals have hired Adam Zimmer, the son of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, as an assistant defensive backs coach.
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The Detroit Lions released two veteran starters, cutting defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and guard Stephen Peterman.
Vanden Bosch signed a four-year contract with Detroit worth $26 million when he arrived as a free agent before the 2010 season.