For those that have been following the Ravens this season, the phrase "Big Truss" is always something that comes to mind. But for those who may just be joining the Ravens hype-train for the playoffs, the two words may sound unfamiliar.
If you're going to be rooting for Baltimore in the Divisional round and potentially further, you'll need to know what the Ravens' rallying call really means, as you'll hear and see it plenty. Here's a guide for everything you need to know about "Big Truss," starting at the beginning.
While "Big Truss" is now well-known in the Ravens community, it wasn't at the beginning of the season. Well, for the public at least. The Baltimore Sun reported in a story that "truss" was a word that Lamar Jackson and Marquise "Hollywood" Brown both became familiar with during their time in Broward County, Florida, where they are both from. The word can be described as similar to trust, though as the story explains there are plenty of different interpretations based on which player you ask.
Whatever it truly does mean, "Big Truss" hit the national spotlight in Week 11 after the Ravens routed the Houston Texans 41-7. Running back Mark Ingram took the podium and gave an introduction for Jackson. In his larger-than-life speech, the words "Big Truss" were emphatically said.
That following week before a matchup with the Rams, "Big Truss" was expanded on. Though, Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram were hesitant to give away more information on the term.
“‘Big Truss.’ Insider [knowledge]. You don't need to talk about it," Jackson told reporters.
“It’s something that he [Lamar Jackson] says, and I’ve been saying it to him for a little while. And then y’all just caught it on camera. It’s just a little something that we have going," Ingram said. "I can’t really expand on it, but we know it’s love, big love. Something along those lines.”
Weeks later, "Big Truss" grew even larger when kicker Justin Tucker said following his game-winning field goal against the San Francisco 49ers.
From there, "Big Truss" took on a life of its own as the Ravens continued to rack up the wins. Every player was saying it, fans joined in, and it became the main phrase surrounding the Baltimore Ravens. Even John Harbaugh has joined the movement.
Now, as the Ravens enter the playoffs as Super Bowl favorites, the "truss" is only getting bigger. Leading up to the matchup with the Tennesse Titans, Baltimore has gone all out. That includes personalized doughnuts and probably the coolest salt mine one will ever see.
Probably should’ve known Mark Ingram was going to practice based on the donuts in Ravens media room this morning pic.twitter.com/hHqi9zYzZx— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) January 9, 2020
The Ravens and "Big Truss" go hand-in-hand. As the playoffs begin for Baltimore, there will be plenty of it all around.
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