Ravens announce plans for 20th season


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Approaching their 20th season in Baltimore this fall, the Ravens announced plans Thursday to commemorate the occasion.
Players will wear a 20th season patch on their jerseys this fall much like they did for the Ravens’ 10th season in 2005.
The organization also announced the 10 most popular players in franchise history as voted on by personal seat license holders earlier this year. Peter Boulware, Joe Flacco, Todd Heap, Jamal Lewis, Ray Lewis, Jonathan Ogden, Ed Reed, Matt Stover, Terrell Suggs, and Marshal Yanda will each appear on tickets and the cover of the game-day program for a home game this season.
The Ravens noted in a release that five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was voted as one of the original top 10, but he will not appear on a game ticket or program after being traded to the Detroit Lions last month.
“You look at that list of players and you think of all the wins represented with this group, and that includes two Super Bowl championships,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a team statement. “Except for Matt and Marshal — both great stories in their own right — all of these players are first-round draft choices, and that’s something our scouts can be proud of.
“It is an impressive list with Hall of Famers, Ring of Honor members, and all-time greats. Our fans did a good job with the selections.”
The Ravens kick off their 20th season on the road against Denver on Sept. 13. Their home opener is against Cincinnati on Sept. 27.