I’m from the Baltimore area. I know the relationship between the Baltimore Ravens and their fans, and as a byproduct of that, the relationship between the people of the area and Under Armour. It’s unique. It’s not just about purple drinks or having an unofficial law about not wearing anything black and yellow. With the city lacking a professional basketball team, the Ravens have taken on even more prominence over the last few years, making the playoffs in six of the past seven years and winning one Super Bowl, while turning the city into a black and purple paradise.
Along with the hypnotizing Ray Lewis, the recently retired Ed Reed was at the forefront of that movement. The future Hall of Famer is considered one of the greatest defensive players of all time, having intercepted 64 passes during his 11-year career and scoring 13 touchdowns.
With Reed gone, the reins of this defensive dynasty are falling to players like cornerback Lardarius Webb, who is bridging the gap between the old school and the new. During Episode 3 of The Drop video series, both players came through to chill during this summer’s launch of The ARMOURY at Champs Sports in Columbia, Maryland, to talk about the past and the future of Baltimore football.
The ARMOURY at Champs Sports is dropping exclusive product and gear this year, including Stephen Curry shoes that’ll be releasing earlier than anywhere else at the mall. In the latest episode, we’re also showcasing one of our favorite new colorways for the low-top Under Armour Curry One, one inspired by Oakland’s pro football team.
This series is just heating up and luckily for you, you’ll be able to find future episodes of The Drop both here on the blog and on the official Champs Sports YouTube page when they release each month. After drawing talent from both the NBA and NFL in the first two episodes, stick with us to see which featured guest will be on the show next. If you want to get involved, you can tag your best sneaker pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #MyGameMondays for a chance to get a shoutout in a future episode.
Until then, see what you’re missing out on in the Baltimore region.
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