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Baltimore's Raven-ous Veterans

By Cian Fahey




NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03: Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with the VInce Lombardi Championship trophy after the Ravens won 34-31 against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03: Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with the VInce Lombardi Championship trophy after the Ravens won 34-31 against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana

The retirements of Ray Lewis and Matt Birk, coupled with the free agent status of Ed Reed and Bryant McKinnie, have left the Baltimore Ravens' roster with very few true veteran players. Older players on the Ravens roster are no longer old. Instead of looking to players in the twilight of their careers for leadership, the Ravens are more likely to look to Joe Flacco, Marshal Yanda, Haloti Ngata and Ray Rice this season. Only one of those players is even 29 at this point in their lives.

Therefore, instead of ranking the Ravens' veteran players by looking at those post their 30th birthday parties, it makes more sense to look at those players who can simply be classfiied as veterans.