The Baltimore Ravens already won one of the most coveted trophies in all of sports in the Vince Lombardi Trophy, given out to the Super Bowl champion. But on Wednesday night, the team was hoping to bring home more hardware, this time in the form of an ESPY or two.
Despite getting nominated in four categories, the Super Bowl champs couldn't snag an award before having to head back to Baltimore. The Miami Heat stole three of Baltimore's trophies, taking home the ESPY for Best Team, Best Game (Game 6 of the NBA Finals), and Best Championship Performance (LeBron James who averaged 25.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 7 assists in the NBA Finals). Jadaveon Clowney, a South Carolina football player, took away Baltimore's fourth opportunity for an award by winning Best Play despite Ray Rice's 4th-and-29 play against San Diego being on the ballot.
Five Ravens players represented the team at the event in Los Angelos. Ray Lewis, Joe Falcco, Jacoby Jones, Torrey Smith, Dennis Pitta, and Terrell Suggs sat in the first two rows near the stage. Baltimore native Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps joined the Raven's players at the event. Smith posted a picture of him, Lewis, and Jones posing with Phelps. The picture can be seen here on Smith's Instagram page.
A few of the Raven's players got shout outs during the event. The most notable shout outs went to recently retired, 17-year veteran Ray Lewis.
"I also want to thank the big guy, Ray," Phelps mentioned during his acceptance speech for one of his two ESPYS. "[He] was somebody who really helped me find the fire inside of me to really come back and finish the career the way I wanted to."
ESPY host Jon Hamm also mentioned Lewis that night, poking fun at the emotion Lewis always showed on the field.
"The Super Bowl was an emotional win for Ray Lewis. It was also an emotional halftime, an emotional drive to the stadium and an emotional breakfast," Hamm joked. "He's an emotional guy."
Despite not winning any awards, the Ravens were honored to even be nominated and held in high esteem with other professional athletes.
Best Championship Performance-Joe Flacco in Super Bowl (22-33, 287 yds, 3 TD, MVP)
Best Games-AFC divisional game (38-35 double overtime win over the Denver Broncos)
Best Play-Ray Rice's "Hey Diddle Diddle" run (4th-and-29 conversion against San Diego)