Baltimore legend Cal Ripken Jr. will be an honorary captain for the Baltimore Ravens this weekend at the AFC championship against the New England Patriots, according to the Ravens’ website.
“Cal is a true Baltimore hero,” Ravens Team President Dick Cass said in a statement. “He is a great representative of both the city of Baltimore and the Baltimore Ravens.”
Ripken, a Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame shortstop, has become a sports icon in the city where he spent all of his career. The 51-year-old is best known for breaking Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games played streak. His best season came in 1991 when he earned American League Most Valuable Player honors after hitting .323 with 34 homeruns and 114 RBI. The Ravens enter the AFC championship with a record of 12-4-0 and will attempt to knock off the heavily favored Patriots to advance to their first Super Bowl appearance in 12 years.