Less than a decade ago, Kingsville resident Charlotte Krause didn't know a thing about football.
"I cheered when everyone else cheered and booed when everyone else booed," she said. Then "I went to a preseason game in 2004 and had a chance to learn about the game. I've been hooked ever since."
Now Krause, 55, serves as president of the Council of
"I watch the Ravens at the stadium or [on] TV, and my throat is hoarse," said Krause, who works in service dispatch for Spigler Petroleum Equipment in Westminster. "I have a sign in my office that says 'woman cave.' I have bobbleheads of
Krause likes to think that some of those Ravens players recognize her because, "I'm a hugger. They might not know my name, but how many fans come over and ask the players for a hug?"
We caught up with Krause in the lead-up to Saturday's playoff game in Denver against the
When did you join the council, and how long have you held the position as president?
I've been president of the council since September. I've been president of the Perry Hall roost for about six years. I got into it seven years ago as a member. Then I got involved in more activities, became vice president of my roost and later president of my roost.
As involved as the council is in supporting the Ravens, you're equally involved in supporting charities.
We support the
Is being president of the council like having another job?
It can be, but the roost members are such a great group of people. Everyone works together. We have committees and chairs. I couldn't be more proud to be involved with this group of people.
How did family bring you into the world of Ravens roosts?
My mother, brother and sister had joined the roosts in Perry Hall. I went with them to bull roasts and other events.
Do you get to attend many games?
My mother, brother and sister-in-law have tickets, so I go with them. There's nothing like being at M&T Bank Stadium.
Which players did you get to meet during the charity events?
The last two years, my mom and I volunteered at Ray Lewis' Summer Days charity. All the volunteers were invited to his house for a cookout. I met Ray Rice,
I also had a chance to meet [tight ends]
Every year the council gives an award to an unsung hero. This year we picked [kicker]