First it was a full page ad in the Times-Picayune,thanking the residents of New Orleans for their hospitality. Then the Baltimore Ravens owner, Steve Bisicotti, purchased a pair of Harley-Davidson FLHP police bikes and donated them to NOPD for the assistance that was given to the team during its stay in the Big Easy.
Typically the police departments in cities that host the Super Bowl provide the visiting teams 24 hour security and police escorts to and from the stadium for team buses.
“We wanted to do something to show our appreciation for how well our team, our families and our fans were treated by everyone representing New Orleans,” Bisciotti said in a statement released by the team.
The bikes were presented by Ravens Super Bowl star Jacoby Jones, a New Orleans native, during a press conference Wednesday. Mayor Mitch Landrieu and police superintendent Ronal Serpes accepted the gift on behalf of the NOLA PD’s traffic division.