2. Steve Bisciotti’s first season as Ravens minority owner (2000)
A number of listeners suggested Jamal Lewis’ 2000 rookie season for this list, and perhaps he deserved his own spot. But a different “rookie” jumped out at me in telling the story of the Ravens’ first Super Bowl victory.
NFL owners approved the sale of 49% of the team from Art Modell to local businessman Steve Bisciotti on March 27, 2000. Bisciotti was immediately credited with providing the funds necessary to put together the 2000 roster that would win Super Bowl XXXV. Bisciotti remained behind the scenes while Art Modell remained the more visible (and still majority) owner of the team. Bisciotti would purchase the rest of the team in 2004, but perhaps no “debut” was as significant in the history of Baltimore sports as the Ravens’ future owner.
I have been completely unable to unearth a photo of Steve Bisciotti from 2000. Instead-courtesy of Kevin Byrne’s blog at BaltimoreRavens.com, a story of Steve Bisciotti and Art Modell at the time of Modell’s death.
And the No. 1 debut is on next page…