Johnny Unitas will have some company at M&T Bank Stadium this fall.
During an interview with the Baltimore Sun, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti announced the team will unveil a statue outside of the stadium in Unitas Plaza of legendary Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
The Sun reported also included that Lewis has been a part of the process along the way and the statue will be constructed by sculptor Fred Kail, who did the famous Unitas statue as well.
“He’s well into it,” Bisciotti said at the NFL owners meetings on Monday. “I haven’t seen any progress pictures, but the original stuff was just off the charts. We think we’ll have it done before the season starts.”
Honoring Ray has long been the plan by the Ravens organization since Ray retired after spending 17 seasons in the purple and black.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we do it next year.” Stated Ravens Senior Vice President of Community and Public Relations Kevin Byrne in an article on the teams’ website in September.
Bisciotti didn’t give any hints as to what the statue would look like but one is only hoping it will be the final move of Ray’s infamous “Squirrel Dance”.
Some critics will boast that it’s too soon for such a statue, while others will argue Lewis is our generation’s Johnny Unitas and the statue is well-deserved and timely.
Count me among the latter.
Never before have the Ravens honored a player to this magnitude and when you think of the Ravens, thoughts of Ray Lewis quickly follow.