One of the favorite debates amongst Baltimore area sports fans is metaphorical in nature and it involves the crowning jewel of Black Hills, South Dakota – Mount Rushmore.
What if you could replace the faces of the majestic sculpture and give it a Baltimore sports theme. Whose likenesses would then adorn the hand carved cliff?
Of course ground rules are often set (in stone). Some will welcome the addition of all types of sports figures. If you are an announcer, a coach, a manager or player, c’mon down and toss your legendary hat upon the hammer and chisel.
For me the face-lifted mountainside should only have players.
My original rendition of the Baltimore Ravens Mount Rushmore consisted of the players shown in the featured image above. Given the relative youthfulness of the Ravens’ franchise, the selection process isn’t as painstaking as a franchise with a deeper tradition and history, like the Green Bay Packers.
But as time goes by and younger players develop and begin to build their resumes, the debate grows more heated over who deserves to be among those four prestigious positions upon the Mount.
Of the four shown above the most debatable position is held by Matt Stover. Opponents of Stover on the Mount will deadpan, “He’s just a kicker. Kickers aren’t football players.”
Yet it’s difficult to deny Stover’s value in the team’s history.
Others names most often bantered about during pub debates for the position now occupied by Stover include: Jamal Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Ray Rice, Peter Boulware and of course Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco.
Which four players in your opinion should comprise the Ravens Mount Rushmore?
(Please select four)