Updated: Nov 8
By: Tarrian Rodgers
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say the Baltimore Ravens? You may think the energy and passion of Ray Lewis or the ball hawking skills of Ed Reed maybe even the video game like moves of reining MVP Lamar Jackson. In totality the Ravens have been one of the NFL’s most successful teams the last 12 years. When we talk about great NFL owners Steve Bisciotti’s name should be brought up.
However, fans may not be familiar with Biscotti, the NFL’s third youngest owner and perhaps it’s coolest. When you see Biscotti his aura in itself lights up a room. He has Pat Riley esque slicked back hair and the diviner wardrobe of jeans, an open-collared shirt and a duster coat. Even though he stays behind the scenes, Bisciotti’s keen eye for hiring the right people and his strategic recruitment of staff have in no doubt led to the Ravens dominance.
In the football world where Woody Johnson and Jerry Jones are just a small sample of the league’s most outspoken team owners, Bisciotti doesn’t mind his low-profile status and will gladly let others have the spotlight. In his Ravens’ biography, he is quoted saying, “I’m O.K. if I’m one of the least-known owners in sports.”
Bisciotti may not speak for himself however his resume speaks for Bisciotti. The Ravens are one of only four teams to earn at least eight postseason berths in the last 12 years (2008-19). Under Bisciotti, the Ravens have joined an elite group: They are one of 13 NFL teams with multiple Super Bowl victories.
Which begs the question. How does Bisciotti manage to go so eloquently under the radar and still be so dominate? It’s simple he hires the right people. A little known fact about the man behind the Ravens is that at 23, shortly after graduating college, he started a small temporary staffing firm out of his basement with his cousin. Today, his company, now known as the Allegis Group, is considered the largest privately held staffing firm in the country.
Brian Billick, former Ravens coach, once said about Bisciotti’s management approach. “He built his fortune on relationships and is very much about that. It’s not an ‘I’m in charge, do what I say’ mentality. It’s an ‘I don’t care if you’re the ball boy or the head coach, we’ve got to create partnerships here. He hires people he trusts and then keeps a purposefully, painfully low profile. He never wants to make it about him.”
You could say it’s in his genes to be humble. Steve Bisciotti came from a working-class family in a Baltimore suburb. His parents, Bernard and Patricia Bisciotti, moved to Severna Park, Maryland, in March 1961. His father died of leukemia when Steve was eight. Growing up, Bisciotti loved sports. His father took the children to Baltimore Orioles and Colts games. They would sometimes go to the Colts’ training camp, where Bisciotti asked players if he could try on their helmets. In the Ravens’ media guide, there is a picture of a young Bisciotti standing beside Johnny Unitas.
That picture of a young visionary seemed to open the door of his ownership now. Along with Bisciotti’s other successful business ventures. He is quietly dedicated to a number of important causes and projects, some associated with his deep Catholic faith. He is a board member for Catholic Charities and created The Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation. Most of Bisciotti's extensive charity work and generous giving are done without public notice as of most of his life. That silent but deadly nature makes Steve Bisciotti one of the best owners in sports