When Art Modell moved his Browns out of Cleveland, he was mandated to choose a new name, logo and color scheme for his franchise. Fans were presented with five options: The Bulldogs (Modell's favored moniker and a callback to an NFL original in Canton), the Americans (a nod to a Baltimore-to-Ohio train), the Mustangs (championed by Baltimore Colts legend Johnny Unitas), the Marauders and the Ravens.
The Ravens name was a nod to an iconic poem by Edgar Allan Poe, one of Baltimore's most famous sons.
"I don't like it," Unitas said at the time, according to ESPN.com. "I don't think it has any association with football."
Maybe so, but the people favored it anyway. Ravens received 21,108 votes in a telephone poll conducted by The Baltimore Sun, receiving 63.4 percent of the vote. The Americans (5,597) and the Marauders (5,583) were left in the dust.