'The Greatest' Aids Ravens' Bid for Greatness

'The Greatest' Aids Ravens' Bid for Greatness

Jim and John Harbaugh compete on many levels, most notably as coaches of opposing teams in the Super Bowl on Sunday. But when it comes to inspirational first fans, John seems to have the upper hand.

After all, the Ravens have had Muhammad Ali in their corner.

Before their season opener in September, John Harbaugh, Baltimore’s coach, arranged for Ali to make a surprise visit to the Ravens’ practice. Ali spent about an hour with the players and some of their children, and he posed for pictures and shook some hands. Two days later, Ali watched the Ravens beat the Cincinnati Bengals.

Although Ali was with the Ravens only briefly, the players continued to talk about his visit during the season, especially his message to them about the need to earn respect.

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