Still basking in the glow of being World Champions, the Baltimore Ravens had their state of the Ravens address yesterday at their facility in Owings Mills, MD. Owner Steve Bisciotti stated that they will add a statue of their general Ray Lewis somewhere outside M&T Bank Stadium.
The fact that the Baltimore Ravens are planning on something like this to celebrate Lewis and his legendary career with the Ravens is not a surprise, but it was surprising how quickly they announced that they are already planning it.
Bisciotti even stated that he would not be surprised if the statue is erected within the next year or two, which will be a monumental day, no pun intended, for the Ravens and their fans.
So the question begins to present itself, what pose will the statue capture of the future Hall of Famer? Will it be his dance? His normal pre-play stance as he anticipates and reads the offense? No one knows yet, and that announcement would likely not come until Baltimore states an estimated date for its unveiling, and if they want to, the Ravens could go the same route as the Baltimore Orioles did when they unveiled each of their six legends' statues this past summer in leaving it to a surprise until the sheet is removed and the statue unveiled.
Along with the statue, the Ravens will also obviously add Lewis to their Ring of Honor, but it is still a question of whether or not they will actually retire his number 52. Retiring football numbers is much more rare than baseball or basketball, but it will be interesting to see nonetheless.
Currently, their is just one statue outside of M&T Bank Stadium and that of course is the legendary Baltimorian Johnny Unitas, but sometime in the next couple of years, Johnny U will have some company!
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