Not long after he was selected in the first round by the Ravens in 1997, linebacker
"They didn't really compare. It's funny, but I tell people all the time in Tallahassee that although Florida is a huge rival, I can honestly say that I dislike the Pittsburgh Steelers 10 times more than I dislike the Florida Gators," Boulware said. "When I first played them, they had
Bill Cowher was the head coach of the Steelers for 15 seasons before becoming a studio analyst for the NFL on
"Obviously, it was in an unfortunate way but that's where Ben got his indoctrination," Cowher said. "
Some of Ravens quarterback
"It was a lot of fun. We went up there, and we played a game that we probably all think we should have won. Obviously, we were disappointed, but it was a lot of fun to go up there," Flacco said. "Being a rookie, just going up there and feeling how physical they are as a team and how good they are as a team, it's always been a great place to go back to every year. The other thing I remember is we hit
Former Ravens running back
"One time, I was running and going around the corner and I saw Foote and I just gave him a stiff arm and pushed him to the ground. I saw Farrior and gave him a stiff arm and pushed him to the ground. And then I saw Porter coming, and when I saw Porter coming, I said, 'OK this is it. This is where I get it,'" Lewis said. "I guess he thought I was going to run away from him, but I just took my head and said, 'I'm going to give it to him.' I lifted him and pinned him to the ground. He got me down, but I was on top. I kind of got up and pushed his facemask down. He came back after me after the play so I knew he was going to get me back. I got the ball on the next play and I just ran looking for the ground because I knew he was coming for me. So I hit the ground and the next thing I know, I see these hands in my facemask and it was dirt and grass and his hands poking into my eyes and putting dirt and grass in my face. He ended up getting a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness and it worked out for us."
Bennie Thompson, the former Ravens safety and special teams ace, loved to hit so few games got him going more than facing the Steelers. He said that he and his teammates "didn't give a [damn] about who won. We cared about how many of their guys we put in the whirlpool or the hot tub, how many guys were on the injury report the next week." Thompson said that the hardest he was ever hit was against the Steelers.
"We were playing in
Recently-retired wide receiver
"There will always be one vision that will stick with me from 14 years of playing in Baltimore," Ward said earlier this week. " I remember we played them on a Sunday night and pulling up to the stadium and seeing three generations - a grandfather, a Dad and a 4-year-old kid - giving us the finger. To me, that told everything about what this series is about: a genuine dislike but also respect."