BALTIMORE, Md. (CBSDC/AP)– Thousands turned out in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Monday to send the Ravens off to the Super Bowl.

Retiring linebacker Ray Lewis, coach John Harbaugh and Ed Reed were among the Ravens who spoke to the crowd Monday before the team boarded buses and headed to the airport to fly to New Orleans for Sunday’s big game. The Ravens will take on the San Francisco 49ers.

Lewis, who has spent his entire 17-season career in Baltimore, told the crowd the team loves them and said the Ravens are going to New Orleans for nothing else but to bring back another Super Bowl ring to Baltimore, where it belongs.

“There’s no Ravens without you guys,” he said.

Harbaugh told the crowd that the Ravens have the best fans in the world and he couldn’t wait to see a wall of purple-clad spectators in New Orleans.

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Even Gov. Martin O’Malley got into the spirit.

“When I say Baltimore, you say Ravens,” O’Malley shouted. When he threw a “Baltimore” into the crowd, thousands of excited voices screamed the team’s name back at him.

“Let’s go win the Super Bowl for Baltimore,” he shouted.

WNEW’s Karen Adams contributed to this report. Follow her on Twitter.

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