Rachel McNicholas of Red Lion hit Olympia Sports in Shrewsbury early Monday to get merchandise celebrating the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl win.
Rachel McNicholas of Red Lion hit Olympia Sports in Shrewsbury early Monday to get merchandise celebrating the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl win. (Bil Bowden photo)

Tory Harvey is a man of his word.

After going with his father and brother to the 2001 Super Bowl, in which the Baltimore Ravens beat the New York Giants to earn the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the Dallastown man promised his then-young son that if the Ravens made it to the championship again, he'd take him along to the game.

On Friday, the Harveys - Tory Harvey, his father, Neil; brother, Brent; and son Nathan, hopped a jet for New Orleans for the big game.

Calling it a special trip, Tory Harvey said watching the game from the stands with his son, father and brother created a number of memories.

"We're a close-knit family with a passion for Ravens football," Tory Harvey said. "It was a quick trip but made extra special with the victory."

The Ravens held off the San Francisco 49ers to earn its second NFL championship in franchise history.

The Harveys returned home Monday afternoon.

Experience: While in New Orleans, the Harveys did some sightseeing and took in the NFL Experience, an interactive exhibit for fans.

They also crossed paths with Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs on a New Orleans street Friday, the elder Harvey said.

From birth Nathan, 16, has been "brainwashed" to be a Ravens fan, his father joked.

He was born in 1996, the same year the team relocated to Baltimore from Cleveland.

Seeing the team win the Super Bowl live among throngs of fellow Ravens fans and his family was an experience Nathan won't soon forget.

"It was cool to know the (Ravens) fans were willing to follow the team," he said.

But both father and son said a second half comeback effort by the 49ers left doubts that the Ravens' lead would hold up.

"I honestly thought we weren't going to win that game," said Nathan, a sophomore at Dallastown Area High School.

Blackout: That comeback got rolling after the Superdome went dark at the start of the third quarter after some of the stadium lights unexpectedly went out.

Tory Harvey said officials made announcements throughout the blackout reminding fans to stay in the seats.

"It really wasn't that dark in the Superdome," he said.

The Harveys weren't on their own in cheering on the Ravens.

In fact, Tory Harvey estimated that Ravens fans occupied most the stadium's 72,003 seats.

"That stadium had to be at least 40/60 Baltimore fans," he said.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.