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Ravens and Lombardi trophy visit the State House

Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith with Gov. Martin O'Malley, Ravens President Dick Cass and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (Alexander Pyles/The Daily Record)

Two members of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens visited the State House on Thursday and brought along the organization’s new hardware.

Team President Dick Cass and wide receiver Torrey Smith brought the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the Senate and House of Delegates and allowed lawmakers to take photos with the trophy for part of their morning sessions.

Cass said other players had scattered across the country to rest up following a 10-6 regular season and surprising, four-game run through the NFL playoffs that culminated in a 34-31 victory in Super Bowl XLVII but that Smith, a University of Maryland graduate, could always be counted on for events such as Thursday’s.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. allowed senators to leave the chamber row by row to have their picture taken with Smith, Cass and the championship trophy. At one point, every Senate Republican was in the lounge having their picture taken, prompting Sen. Paul G. Pinsky, a Prince George’s County Democrat, to take notice.

“Mr. President, it may be a good time to take up the transportation tax,” Pinsky said, drawing laughter from the remaining lawmakers. Republicans are expected to fight against House Bill 1515, which would increase gas taxes and transit fares to pay for transportation projects.

Smith, who just completed an internship with U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, also briefly visited the House of Delegates last week.