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You know who shirtless Dan is
If you are a real Ravens fan, you know who shirtless Dan is. According to Ravens staff writer Ryan Mink, Dan has been a season ticket holder since 1997.
In an interview with Mink, here is how Dan said it started:
"One day at a game in 1998, Real Fan Dan was sitting with the Ravens Roost’s president when he lamented that Big Wheel wasn’t coming to the games anymore. “Get up there and do it, you dumb @&$@#!,” he was told. Well, alright. So Real Fan Dan stood up and started doing the cheer, contorting his body to spell each letter. A guy in his section made signs for a living, so he helped with big letters to hold up and train the other fans in the section. Eventually, Real Fan Dan started moving along the upper concourse to spread the cheer."
To this day, if you go to a Ravens game you can find Dan on the big board leading the “R-A-V-E-N-S” chant when the team scores. There is nothing better than watching a big man take off his shirt and start leading the stadium in a chant. It is funny and exciting to watch at the same time. It definitely gets the crowd going and I am sure the players and coaches see it as well.