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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The city’s leaders are congratulating the Baltimore Ravens on their Super Bowl victory.
Shortly after the team’s 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers, Governor Martin O’Malley issued this statement:
“The Baltimore Ravens have proven that they are the team of destiny this year. We are incredibly proud of Coach John Harbaugh and our entire Baltimore Ravens team for bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Baltimore.
“Our Ravens have provided an inspirational lift for all of us to reach beyond our dreams this season. They are the heart and soul of Baltimore, and fans across our great State are celebrating in the historic accomplishments of this team. We look forward to the Ravens homecoming and the parade in the days to come.
“Congratulations to Joe Flacco for being named Most Valuable Player. We also wish Ray Lewis well in his future endeavors, and we are forever grateful for what he has done for Baltimore for 17 years. Go Ravens!”
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued her own statement, saying:
“The Baltimore Ravens once again demonstrated strength, poise, and perseverance as they prevailed in Super Bowl XLVII. On behalf of the people of Baltimore, I want to congratulate Steve Bisciotti, Ozzie Newsome, Coach John Harbaugh and the players for bringing another Lombardi Trophy to our great city.”
And Congressman Elijah Cummings also praised the team:
“I am tremendously proud of the Baltimore Ravens tonight, and I’m extremely excited for the team and our city.
“This win is a testament to the can-do attitude of Baltimoreans. Ninety-five percent of the commentators counted the Ravens out. They said we couldn’t win this game, that we’d lose and it just couldn’t be done. But few things unite a city and a region like a team, and tonight we showed the country how Baltimore faces a challenge: we band together and do what must be done.
“I congratulate the Baltimore Ravens on this win and I’m sure I stand with all Ravens fans – and football fans alike – in thanking Ray Lewis for all he brought to the game and wishing him well in his next endeavors. This is the perfect end to a great season, and for Ray, a wonderful career.”
Sen. Barbara Mikulski calls Baltimore a “world-class city with world-class fans” and says she’s looking forward to welcoming the Ravens back and celebrating Sunday night’s Super Bowl victory.