Reporting Meghan McCorkell
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WJZ)— Welcoming home the world champions. The Ravens and the Lombardi Trophy are back in Maryland and they got a hero’s welcome the second they stepped off the plane.
Meghan McCorkell spoke with the team and fans.
A lot of the players say the fact that they are world champions didn’t hit them until they got back here to Baltimore to see the crowds of fans waiting for them.
Seconds after the Ravens’ plane landed, a swarm surrounded the Lombardi Trophy.
From Sky Eye Chopper 13, you can see firefighters wave to the team buses from an overpass.
At the Ravens complex, a sea of fans waited to greet the new world champs.
With a pump of the fist, Coach John Harbaugh brought his team home–along with the Lombardi.
“It just started to sink in when we drove in here into Baltimore. We saw the people cheering. You know, you get a little lump in your throat and it starts to sink in that this is really real,” Harbaugh said.
The players are thankful to the fans who traveled to support the team.
“We had a good turnout. Baltimore showed up. It definitely helped us out a lot,” said defensive end Arthur Jones.
“We took over the Superdome. We took over New Orleans. It was like Little Baltimore down there,” said linebacker Terrell Suggs.
Now the barricades are going up for the big victory parade that players say they can’t wait to experience.
“It’s truly like a family here and we’re sharing it with our Baltimore family now,” said Ravens tight end Ed Dickson.
“We the champions. I love you all and I’ll see you all soon,” said running back Ray Rice.
Many fans are proud to send Ray Lewis out as a champion.
“What a better message to give to people when you’re going out in retirement. I’m really proud of Ray for that one,” said fan Shemirra Massie.
The big win left even the smallest fans dancing in the streets.
The parade will kick off from City Hall at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and will end with a huge celebration at M&T Bank Stadium.