The Ravens' trip to New Orleans for the Super Bowl went about as well as planned -- except for that tiny issue of the power outage in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome -- and now the Ravens are thanking the Crescent City for its hospitality.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has purchased and donated two new Harley Davidson FLHP motorcyles to the New Orleans Police Department. Throughout Super Bowl Week, the Ravens received police escorts to and from events, 24-hour security and other community support from the city.
"“We wanted to do something to show our appreciation for how well our team, our families and our fans were treated by everyone representing New Orleans,” Bisciotti said in a statement. “Every place we went, the good people of New Orleans treated us with kindness and tremendous service – across the board. It started in our team hotel, continued with the police and included many in the hospitality industry. The people of New Orleans were great.”
Wide receiver Jacoby Jones, a New Orleans native, was on hand Wednesday to represent the Ravens at a news conference to announce the donation. He was joined by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Police Chief Ronal Serpas.
"“I always talk to my teammates about southern hospitality, and the fact that it was on display enough during our Super Bowl week to have the Ravens donate something to the great people of New Orleans is special,” Jones said. “Winning the world championship in my hometown and then being able to do something to help the people who protect it is a great feeling.”
The gift is believed to be the first of its kind from a Super Bowl-winning team to the host city.
"These motorcycles are custom-made for the NOPD and are a lasting gift, as they’ll help in our efforts to keep the people of New Orleans safe for many years to come," Serpas said. "We can’t thank the Ravens organization enough for their generosity.”
The Ravens also took out an ad in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, thanking "the citizens of New Orleans, including your outstanding police department, for your warm reception and first-class service to Ravens players, coaches and fans.”