No, the Ravens weren’t in the Super Bowl. But, yes, that was the guy who works for them shadowing Tom Brady at midfield on Sunday night, amid the confetti, photographers, and reporters in the moments after the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Atlanta Falcons. His name is Chad Steele, now in his 15th year working in media relations for the Ravens. He’s tall—6-foot-7—and a former star basketball forward at Winthrop University in South Carolina in the mid-1990s. You might normally recognize him from post-game TV cuts, as the guy in the suit next to Joe Flacco when he marches onto the field to shake hands with an opposing quarterback and do interviews. “I get it quite often,” Steele said when asked if he’s recognized around town.
Originally appeared in Newsday (N.Y.). A deadline write-thru.
BALTIMORE — About 2 1/2 hours before Sunday night’s opening kickoff, with no other Jets players on the field, three-time Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold tested his sprained right ankle for about five minutes in front of team personnel near the east end zone of M&T Bank Stadium.
After going through a variety of drills to evaluate his agility, Mangold did not impress enough. He was ruled inactive and missed a game for the second time in his six-year career, spending it on the sideline in green sweats.
It’s hard to judge exactly how much Mangold would have helped the Jets’ offense, which was largely underwhelming in a 34 -17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. But the offensive line certainly missed their leader.
BALTIMORE — The greeting Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin provided to his silent Steeler players as they entered the post-game locker room was indicative of just how dominant the Ravens were yesterday.
“Take it like a champ. Swallow it whole,” Tomlin said in the hallway, shaking players’ hands as they walked past. “Chew on it.”
The Ravens outplayed their division rivals and the reigning AFC champions in a season-opening 35-7 win at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore’s traditionally strong defense forced as many turnovers — seven, a franchise-record — as the Steelers had points.
Following the print and web coverage of the game, I was asked to join WNST radio in Baltimore to talk about it.