“Hands-on, hands-off, meddler, non-meddler — those are the kinds of things that they try to put you in one of two categories,” Bisciotti said. “I think it’s a lot of both. . . . I want my questions answered before they make their decision but I would hope that when I do get involved in the important decisions, that my participation actually lends itself to helping them make a better decision.”
Keeping a low profile
Watching a game can be a nerve-wracking experience for Bisciotti, a heavy metal assault on the senses. The television cameras never notice this, though, because the Ravens owner will never show it.
“I internalize,” he said.
But when it does become too much, he’ll leave his seat, walk behind the closed doors and walls that shield him from the field — and the cameras — and vent. “Steve is a high-energy guy,” said Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts. “Very smart but very intense. He’s got a temper but he’s able to keep it in control.”
He’ll inevitably return to his seat and find comfort from the same group of friends he’s had since childhood — still never entirely sure why his charmed life can be so frustrating some Sundays.
“There are times after games that I ask myself: What in the world are you doing this for?” he said.
The winning always reminds him.
On Sunday the Ravens will try to become the 12th team to win multiple Super Bowls. Bisciotti already has one championship ring, but this one would mean so much more.
“We’re either going to be setting the reset button and saying it’s been one year, two years since our second Super Bowl, or it’s been 13, 14, 15 years since our only Super Bowl,” he said. “So I want that for Baltimore, I want it for Ozzie, I want it for John Harbaugh. Everybody gets to press the reset button and say, ‘Yeah, now we’re the defending world champs.’ You start the clock ticking again.”
Staff writer Barry Svrluga contributed to this report.