ESPN Launches 30 for 30 Documentary on 2000 Champion Ravens

Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick hoists the Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl XXXV.

The story of the Ravens' first Super Bowl-winning team, led by its legendary defense and collection of colorful characters, will be vividly retold during an upcoming ESPN documentary.

ESPN Films has started production on a 30 for 30 documentary on the 2000 Ravens, who culminated their run to the Lombardi Trophy with a dominant 34-7 victory over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.

Baltimore's 2000 defense set the NFL record for the fewest points allowed during a 16-game season, surrendering just 10.3 points per game. The Ravens had four shutouts in 2000 and allowed just 16 offensive touchdowns. Storming through the playoffs with four victories as a wild-card team, Baltimore allowed just 16 points during its postseason run.

In a press release announcing the documentary, ESPN explained why the 2000 Ravens were a perfect team to be profiled.

"No team in NFL history has boasted, bullied or brandished as much bravado as the 2000-01 Baltimore Ravens," the release stated. "The rest of the NFL hated the Ravens but no one could say a thing, because they couldn't beat them on the field, especially facing, arguably, the greatest defense ever. Luckily for sports fans, their full-throated reign coincided perfectly with the rise of the 'reality television' era via Hard Knocks." 

A release date has not been announced for the yet-to-be-named documentary.

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