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February 1, 2013

Ravens owner's 2nd Super Bowl far different than 1st

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It seems as if Bisciotti treats ownership of the Ravens as a sidelight to the casual lifestyle. That could not be further from the truth.

“He’s a very strong guy. He’s a very smart man,” Harbaugh said. “He’s involved in really almost everything we do. He’s the guy that establishes the vision for the organization, and I think Steve deserves a lot of credit. He’s not a guy that wants the limelight, he’s not a guy that wants to be out front banging his chest. He’s a humble man, just a great role model for all of us.”

Newsome was with Bisciotti from the beginning. The two have forged a relationship based on mutual trust and respect.

“He is a very humble person. He’s not afraid to challenge the issues, but he’s a very good listener,” Newsome said. “I tell you what, he has some unbelievable insight when you have a chance to sit and talk with him. I’ve had a chance to watch him grow.

“I talked to a lot of the other GMs in our business, and they always say that Steve had it done the right way. He was able to come in to be a minority owner to learn and watch and then become an owner. Some of these other guys aren’t having the opportunity, so therefore they make a lot of mistakes. I don’t know if there is a more humble, honest, sometimes fiery, guy then Steve Bisciotti. He enjoys it, but he also believes one thing — that he hires people to do their job. Let them do their job.”

Bisciotti is deeply involved with the Ravens’ salary cap, and he’s got several important decisions looming. At the top of the list is how to handle quarterback Joe Flacco, whose contract expires after this season.

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