Who are the most famous celebrity Baltimore Ravens fans? There are plenty of celebrity Ravens fans, but here are our top 5 biggest and best.
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The Baltimore Ravens just recently celebrated their 25th anniversary, meaning the most famous Baltimore Ravens fans are still relatively young. You won’t see any Jack Nicholson types, who’ve followed the team for half a century.
Luckily, almost the Ravens’ entire history has seen the team with at least a couple of star players. There’s Ray Lewis, the Hall of Fame linebacker, who played alongside Ed Reed, one of the greatest safeties in history. These days, fans get to enjoy the dynamic Lamar Jackson at quarterback.
It all adds up to a franchise that’s awfully attractive to young fans – some of whom are pretty well known! Here’s a look at the five best-known celebrity Baltimore Ravens fans.
5. Carmelo Anthony
The NBA all-star was born in New York City but moved to Baltimore during grade school. Around the same time, the Ravens made their move from Cleveland.
Anthony spent his formative years in Baltimore, playing high school basketball for Towson Catholic. He remains active in the city, helping to bring charitable, sports-related events to Baltimore such as The Basketball Tournament, an annual semi-pro event.
But when it comes to Baltimore sports, Anthony cemented himself as a legend among Ravens fans when he voiced this promo ahead of the team’s 2021 opener against the Las Vegas Raiders.
4. Ed Norton
Like Carmelo Anthony, this star of American History X and Fight Club wasn’t born in Baltimore. In fact, he hails from Boston.
But also similar to Anthony, Norton spent his formative years in the Baltimore area, growing up in Columbia, MD. When it comes to football, there are no divided loyalties – Ed Norton is a Baltimore Ravens fan all the way.
The final similarity to Carmelo Anthony? Ed Norton’s fandom was captured permanently when he narrated the “America’s Game” documentary for NFL Network about the Super Bowl 47 champion Baltimore Ravens.
3. Jim Harbaugh
Depending on your point of view, this could be the most surprising – or most obvious – name on the list.
After all, the University of Michigan coach is the younger brother of Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.
On the other hand, one of Jim Harbaugh’s greatest professional disappointments came at the hands of the Ravens. When big brother John and Baltimore bested Jim’s San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 47.
Well, it’s clear the younger Harbaugh has decided to let bygones be bygones. Not only does he openly support his brother and the Ravens, but the pair also have something of a symbiotic relationship when it comes to coaching their respective football teams.
In the time since Jim took the job at the University of Michigan, the Ravens have drafted a half-dozen Michigan players. This list includes last year’s second-round pick, defensive end David Ojabo.
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It helps having a brother so well-connected in the profession. Ravens defensive assistant coach Mike MacDonald got his first job as a defensive coordinator under Jim Harbaugh at Michigan for the 2021 season. After the Wolverines won the Big Ten, MacDonald accepted the same position with the Ravens!
But Jim didn’t have to look far for a replacement, tabbing Jesse Minter, a former – you guessed it – Baltimore assistant! Seems like Jim Harbaugh may be more than just a fan.
2. Duff Goldman
The executive chef of Charm City Cakes gained his fame from his “Ace of Cakes” Food Network reality show. But, in real life, he’s been operating his original shop out of Charles Village in Baltimore for about 20 years.
As the business grew, Goldman created cakes for celebrities including Barack Obama and Katy Perry. However, he became a Baltimore celebrity by making Ravens-themed cakes for fans and players alike. The chef is seen regularly wearing Ravens jerseys and other gear in public. Goldman has even been known to attend or sponsor the occasional tailgate outside of M&T Bank Stadium on gameday.
1. Michael Phelps
Who better to claim as your number-one celebrity fan than one of sports’ greatest champions?
Born and raised in Baltimore, Phelps was the perfect age (15) to enjoy the franchise’s first Super Bowl championship in 2001. True, he was busy preparing to set a world record in the 200-meter butterfly only two months later – the youngest male swimmer to ever hold a world record. But he nonetheless found inspiration in the team.
As Phelps’ career and achievements progressed, so did his connection to the Baltimore Ravens. In 2012, he was an honorary captain for a home game after winning four gold medals at the prior summer’s Olympic Games in London.
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When Phelps surprised the swimming world by returning for his fifth and final Summer Olympics in 2016, he credited retired Ravens star Ray Lewis for inspiring and motivating him.
Baltimore Ravens Acknowledge Celebrity Fans
During the 2020 season, when fans were unable to attend games in person at M&T Bank Stadium, many teams created cutouts of fans to give the appearance of a full stadium.
The Baltimore Ravens went a step further, creating cardboard cutouts of Michael Phelps, Duff Goldman, and other fans. All proceeds went to the charitable Ravens Foundation.
Hopefully the cardboard cutouts won’t be needed in the future. With the team’s continued success and a football-crazed Maryland fanbase, Baltimore Ravens fans famous and not-so-famous will be lining up to buy tickets to see the Purple, Black and Gold!