During the show, ADâ€™s wife Sheri spoke briefly about their lives upon arriving in Baltimore. She said that they came into town in cars from college and they rented an apartment. Now their standard of living has improved, paralleling the plight of ADâ€™s career. Yet she was quick to give AD credit saying that despite his success, he has remained the same grounded man throughout, unspoiled by riches and accolades.
AD is not only an exceptional athlete, heâ€™s an exceptional human being. Itâ€™s rare that we get to experience first hand in these modern times, a player as gifted and as humble as AD. His is the consummate teammate, leader, community spokesperson and activist. On and off the field, his shoes are too big to fill. His departure would leave a gaping hole in Baltimore.
Yet we know the NFL to be a business. Its employees remind us all too often. And in this age of the salary cap, it is very possible that last nightâ€™s show was ADâ€™s last. The Ravens would love to keep him but they might not be able to afford him.
Couldnâ€™t he make money in other ways outside of the Ravens? Couldnâ€™t he become the local spokesperson for Under Armor or Legg Mason or Alex Brown or Johns Hopkins or Black & Decker or McCormick Spice or all of the above? And couldnâ€™t the value of such endorsements offset the hometown discount that might enable AD to stay?
Hey, what is Bubba Smithâ€™s law firm doing these days for a spokesperson?
Canâ€™t the Ravens force all new incoming players to buy their new homes through Sheri Thomas who is a real estate agent? That might help, right?
Business is business and AD has to take care of his. Whatever he does, naturally we wish him well. How could we not? We just wish it could be here in Baltimore.
They donâ€™t build them like No. 96 any more.
Letâ€™s hope the Ravens realize that and find a wayâ€¦