Ravens and Panthers stop play to watch Michael Phleps win gold (Video)
When Michael Phelps won Olympic gold medal No. 22, there was no shortage of eyes on the race. In Baltimore, the competition received special attention during a preseason NFL game.
Phelps, who was born and raised in Baltimore, swam in the 200m individual medley final on Thursday. The race was taking place in Brazil at the same time as the preseason game between the Ravens and Panthers. The Ravens announced the day before they would air the event on the video boards at M&T Bank Stadium. When they did, members of both teams stopped on the field to watch.
Players from both teams watching on the big board as the Phelps race is shown. Phelps is a Baltimore guy. pic.twitter.com/fMP4aDsnfV
— Joe Person (@josephperson) August 12, 2016
The crowd at Ravens stadium watching as Phelps wins another gold (on delay) pic.twitter.com/88RHcuIUme
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) August 12, 2016
After the game, the Ravens and Panthers exchanged Phelps-themed pleasantries via their respective Twitter accounts.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) August 12, 2016
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 12, 2016
A very cool moment indeed at M&T Bank Stadium on a night Michael Phelps continued to make Baltimore and the United States proud. Phelps has now won the 200m individual medley in four straight Olympiads.