Baltimore was nominated for four awards at the annual extravaganza but the team came up empty in every category. The four categories in which they were nominated were Best Team, Best Game, Best Play and Best Championship Performance.
The world champion Miami Heat beat the Ravens in three of the four categories, snagging awards for Best Team, Best Game (Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals) and Best Championship Performance (LeBron James). South Carolina defensive end Jadaveon Clowney won Best Play over Ray Rice’s “Hey Diddle Diddle” 4th-and-29 miracle run against the San Diego Chargers.
Joe Flacco was nominated for Best Championship Performance for his 287-yard showing in Super Bowl XLVII and the Ravens’ 38-35 overtime victory over the Denver Broncos in the AFC divisional round was nominated for Best Game.
Baltimore didn’t come up totally empty, however. Olympic swimmer and Rodgers Forge native Michael Phelps won the award for Best Record Breaking Performance.
He praised Ray Lewis during his acceptance speech.
“I also want to think the big guy, Ray,” Phelps said, pointing to Lewis. “Ray was somebody who really helped me find the fire inside of me to really come back and finish the career the way I wanted to.”