Ray Lewis and Baltimore Ravens parade Lombardi Trophy through the city
Ray Lewis took centre stage as Baltimore welcomed the Super Bowl-winning Ravens home with a parade through the streets.
Last Updated: 06/02/13 11:47am
Thousands of fans lined the route leading to M&T bank Stadium, where an overflow crowd were able to see the retiring Lewis perform his trademark dance one last time.
Middle linebacker Lewis is retiring after a capping his 17-year NFL career with a fairytale run to Super Bowl XLVII glory.
"There is nothing in the world, there is no place on this earth, that is better than Baltimore. We believed in each other from day one, from 1996 to now," Lewis said.
"The only way on my last ride to pay Baltimore back for everything you did for me and all the support you gave to me, was to bring back the Lombardi Trophy to Baltimore one more time. I love you, Baltimore. Forever my city."
The Ravens secured the NFL title with a thrilling 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday.
Head coach John Harbaugh also paid tribute to the Baltimore fans during the parade.
Harbaugh said: "Our team, I'm talking about all of us, one of the keys was our determination," the coach said.
"We played with incredible determination and resolve. And judging by how hard it was to get into this stadium, I would say that's true about our fans, too.
"We're on the parade coming down here, and every cranny, every sidewalk is full. Every opening where it opens up, every grassy knoll is packed with Ravens fans.
"They broke down the barriers behind Ray Lewis and mobbed the streets, right? They filled the streets."