Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey figures out what team is named after

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The Baltimore Ravens entered the NFL in 1996 with a name that many people were fond of. The name “Ravens” won a vote among fans in a poll in which the team partnered with “The Baltimore Sun” by a landslide, coming in with 22,463 out of 33,748. However, the bird itself has been etched in Baltimore history far before the football team came around.

On Thursday night, Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey revealed on Twitter that he apparently just figured out where the team’s name comes from. He tweeted out that he was mind blown that the team is named after Edgar Allen Poe.

Humphrey’s former teammates Robert Griffin III responded, saying that they went over where the name came from in team meetings.

Humphrey replied, saying he must have been lost.

Edgar Allen Poe wrote the poem “The Raven” in 1845. Poe moved to Baltimore for work, and is buried there as well. He was an extremely famous poet, and the Ravens had three mascots, named “Edgar”, “Allen” and “Poe”. However, “Edgar” and “Allen” were retired following the conclusion of the 2008 season, leaving “Poe” as the only mascot of the team.