Daily Sports Smile: Baltimore Ravens honor late actor during pregame festivities

Oct 13, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA;  Baltimore Ravens mascot Poe waves a Maryland state flag during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium.
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The Baltimore Ravens honored late actor Michael K. Williams prior to their Week 2 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs at M&T Bank Stadium. Williams starred as beloved character Omar Little on the hit HBO show “The Wire.”

The series was set in Baltimore and became popular among audiences. Williams had a major role and shined with his signature "Farmer In The Dell" whistling.

Earlier this month, Williams died at 54 years old. The Ravens celebrated his legacy by playing the "Farmer In the Dell" whistle through the stadium loudspeakers.

In a video shared on the Ravens Twitter account, several fans erupted with a loud ovation as whistle began to play. The Ravens tagged their post with “For Omar” ahead of the game.

Williams starred in several roles throughout his career. In addition to “The Wire,” Williams also starred in fellow HBO series “Lovecraft Country.” He received an Emmy nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series.

At the Emmy Awards, actress Kerry Washington reminisced on working alongside Williams. She said that Williams was superb actor and generous human being.

“Michael was – crazy to say was – a brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being,” Washington said during the awards ceremony. “Michael, I know you’re here, because you wouldn’t miss this. Your excellence, your artistry will endure. We love you.”

David Simon, the creator of “The Wire,” agreed. He was at the Ravens game and experienced the touching moment. He wrote on Twitter that the crowd honoring Williams was heartwarming.

“Heard the sound of Omar whistling 'Farmer In The Dell' from the stadium while walking across the Ostend Street bridge to the Ravens opener and thought I’d lost my (expletive),” Simon tweeted. “It’s the little things that are gonna get me, I guess. But Michael gonna last.”

The Ravens slid past the Chiefs, 36-35, behind the heroics of Lamar Jackson. The team will face the Detroit Lions in Week 3.