Purple Reign: Diary of a Raven Maniac
The glory of the Baltimore Ravens 2001 Super Bowl XXXV win in Tampa over the New York Giants is told by local author "Nasty"Nestor Aparicio. Foreward by head coach Brian Billick. This is the definitive tale of Ray Lewis' first title with old Colts memories & locker room stories from a team with Trent Dilfer, Rod Woodson, Shannon Sharpe & more. A must for Ravens fans who love team history. More
The Baltimore Ravens, of the National Football League, defeated the New York Football Giants at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 28, 2001 to bring the Vince Lombardi Trophy back to Baltimore for the first time since 1971. Just a little more than five years earlier, the city not only didn’t have a team, but there was truly no hope among the populace of ever getting an NFL team back to the town where the Baltimore Colts were pilfered in the middle of a snowy night in March 1984.
The score that night in Tampa, a decidedly lopsided 34-7 blistering of the NFC champs, will be forever etched in NFL lore. More than 130 million people all around the world watched as Ray Lewis and Brian Billick hoisted the glittery, silver Lombardi Trophy toward the Florida sky on a beautiful evening as confetti flew through the air.
Head coach Brian Billick wrote the foreward to Purple Reign: Diary of a Raven Maniac and this is what he said about Aparicio:
In his own way, Nasty has become the new-millennium conscience of the Baltimore sports scene, like his mentor before him, the late, great John Steadman.
In my book, “Competitive Leadership,” I state that my book is “not a chronology about the incredible sequence of events that culminated in the Baltimore Ravens winning the World Championship following the 2000 season. Frankly, more competent writers exist who could provide a far more entertaining perspective on those circumstances than I could.”
Nasty Nestor is that writer. I can’t think of a better man, who would be more passionate about the subject or more determined to get it right, than Nasty. This book represents the fans’ eye view of the incredible year of the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens.
When I am old and gray and have long left the field of battle, when the memories have faded a bit, and I want to remind myself of the incredible sequence of events that led to the Baltimore Ravens’ first-ever Super Bowl Championship, this will be the book I pick up to remember it.
So will you.