MNT Jan 16, 2012
We tweeted Sunday afternoon that Benny Feilhaber is a huge fan of the Baltimore Ravens. Many people wondered ... well ... why? Benny tells us ...
"It started with my dad. He worked in Brazil but he always had trips to the U.S., and the first football game he watched was with the Cleveland Browns. Back then they had Bernie Kosar, and he saw the games against Denver all the time when they had Elway. He became a fan, and consequently so did I. When they moved to Baltimore, I became a fan of the Ravens. By the time the new franchise started again in Cleveland, I knew all the players on Baltimore and it was my team, so I stuck with it."
Did his dad stick with the Ravens too? "He did, but he's not nearly as dedicated as I am. I'm always the games whenever I can. He's not as much into it, but now that the playoffs are on he'll be watching as well."
Apparently we put Benny a bit of a spot, since the Ravens will now play the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship at Gillette Stadium. Fortunately, he took in stride.
"Yeah, me being a Ravens fan was supposed to be a bit under wraps, and now we're playing New England in our home stadium. Obviously I'm going to be rooting for the Ravens, but at the very least either the Ravens are in the Super Bowl or New England, so that's not too bad either."