Never has a sentence crushed the spirit of the Baltimore sports fan than the one uttered by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue in 1993 when he delivered this knock-out blow following the announcement that two new NFL teams were being granted to Jacksonville and Charlotte. When asked what he would say to the Baltimore people who had poured their heart, soul and money into bringing football back to Charm City, Tagliabue responded with — “I’m not sure…maybe they should build a museum.”
That sentence alone became a community driving force over the next two years as the state-and-athletic powers that be moved about the country to try and “steal” a team from someone else in the same fashion the Colts had been removed from Baltimore nearly a decade earlier.
Of course, two Super Bowl titles and a beautiful downtown stadium later, Tagliabue’s the fool.
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