American football is a sport with a massive following in North America. Although it is a worldwide sport, Northern American professional leagues such as the NFL attract the best global players making them the most competitive leagues in the world. The peak of the NFL is the Super Bowl, played yearly to determine the champions and attracts millions of fans worldwide.
American football combines European soccer and rugby, with most of its rules borrowed from the two sports. Two opposing teams of eleven players each compete on a field, 100 yards long and 75 yards wide. Teams compete to score more points than the other in the allocated time.
A game lasts 60 minutes, composed of four equal quarters, with a two-minute break between the quarters. There is also a 15 minutes break known as halftime between the 2nd and 3rd quarters. The team with the highest points at the end of the game wins it.
Popular American Football Teams
The following are the most popular teams in the NFL based on a combination of factors such as the size of the fan base, titles won, and Facebook and Twitter followers, among others.
- Dallas Cowboys
- New England Patriots
- Green Bay Packers
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Kansas City Chiefs
- San Francisco 49ers
- Chicago Bears
- Las Vegas Raiders
- Cleveland Browns
- Minnesota Vikings
- Baltimore Ravens
- New York Jets
- Carolina Panthers
The above teams have a massive following on the field and social media, with their franchise valued at billions of dollars.
The sport is also popular at top betting sites in the U.S., with fans wagering on their favorite teams or games. Luckily, operators such as BetMGM Maryland Sportsbook have comprehensive coverage of the NFL teams and what makes them special.
The sites offer tons of wagering options on each game of the season, such as player pops, the game pops, alternative totals and spreads, halves, quarters, and same-game parlays. They also offer a wide range of live betting and future betting opportunities.
Let’s take a closer look at the Baltimore Ravens.
Baltimore Ravens is one of the youngest teams in the NFL from Baltimore, Maryland, who joined the league in 1996. The team’s name was inspired by the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, a former Baltimore resident. Despite the young age, the team has lifted two Super Bowl titles in 2001 and 2013.
Their massive following of 1.6 million on Twitter and 2.25 million on Facebook demonstrates their popularity in Florida State and the whole of America. The team has an average annual income of $352 million, with its franchise worth approximately $2.975 billion. Their home stadium is the M&T Bank Stadium.
Baltimore Ravens Players Born in Florida
The team boasts big stars in its squads from all over the country, some of whom come from Florida. Here are Baltimore players born in Florida.
Born on 7 January 1995 in Pompano Beach, Florida, Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr joined the Baltimore Ravens in 2018. He initially played for Louisville Cardinal Football during his college year. Lamar plays as a quarterback.
Joshua Bynes joined the Baltimore Ravens in 2011 from Detroit Lions and played for Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, and Cincinnati Bengals. The linebacker was born 33 years ago in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida.
Born 24 years ago in Dania Beach, Florida, the quarterback joined the Baltimore Ravens in 2020. He played college football at The University of Utah and at Hallandale High School, where he earned the nickname “Snoop” for resembling rapper Snoop Dogg.
Jason Andrew Piere-Paul was born on 1 January 1989 in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The linebacker joined Baltimore Ravens in 2018 from Tampa Bay Buccaneers, having also played for New York Giants and South Florida Bulls Football.
Nicknamed “Pepe,” Damarion Williams, Baltimore Ravens’ cornerback who previously played Huston and Highland college football, was born on 15 July 1998 in Miami, Florida.
Other Top Baltimore Ravens
The 22-year-old from Tifton, Georgia, plays as a wide receiver. He joined the Baltimore Ravens in 2021 from Minnesota Golden Gophers Football.
The American football safety star was born in Greece on 16 March 2001. His father, Derrick Hamilton, was playing European league basketball at the time of birth.
The 23-year-old running back was born in Huston, Texas. The Baltimore Ravens drafted him in 2020 from Ohio State Buckeyes football.
Isaiah is a tight end at Baltimore Ravens who previously played Coastal Carolina college football. The 22-year-old hails from Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Born 28 years ago in Fort Valley, Georgia, Robinson plays as wide receiver for the club. He previously played for Las Vegas Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, and Florida Gators football.
The All-Time Best Ravens
Who do you consider the best Baltimore Ravens player of all time? The following are the best Ravens of all time based on longevity in the club, Super Bowl titles, major awards, and Hall of Fame nominations.
It is impossible to talk of the Ravens’ success history without mentioning Ray Lewis. The middle linebacker spent his entire 17-year football career at the Ravens. He bagged First-Team All-Pro for five years from 2009-2004, missing only in 20002 when he made only five appearances.
Ray Lewis is among the five players ever to win the AP Defensive Player of the Year twice. His defensive prowess enabled Ravens to concede the lowest points ever in 2000, giving up only 165 points. He is the longest-serving Raven and most decorated.
Jonathan was the first Raven to make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame list. In his 12-year stint at the Ravens, he was a dominant offensive tackle appearing at the Pro Bowl every season. His most outstanding achievement was when he opened The Jonathan Ogden Foundation, which assists disadvantaged youths.
Ed Reed won AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2004. He is also the NFL’s all-time interception return yardage leader with 1541 and scored 13 touchdowns in his 11-year career, scoring in four varying ways.