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Ravens to unleash Ray Lewis statue during 2014 season

Ray Lewis will be honored as a statue on the outside of M&T Bank Stadium.

Larry French

The Ravens are adding a little decoration outside of the stadium apparently. That decoration just so happens to be another statue. This one will be of Ray Lewis to match the Johnny Unitas statue. Lewis, the Ravens' second draft pick and sure fire Hall of Fame linebacker will be memorialized as a bronze statue sculpted by Fred Kail, the artist behind the famous Unitas statue that has stood outside the stadium as a landmark for over a decade.

At the NFL owners meeting, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti had this to say of the project:

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.

While Bisciotti didn't give any clues on what pose the statue will have and while the often imitated "squirrel dance" is probably high on that list. I'm personally hoping that it takes on a more serious and distinguished tone instead as we too often see Lewis in that pose and it seems to cheapen the accomplishments of arguably the greatest linebacker to play football.

Lewis ended his career after the 2012 season by retiring following his second Super Bowl victory. His accomplishments include 13 Pro Bowls, 10 All-Pro selections, a Super Bowl MVP selection, 2 Defensive Player of the Year awards, and an unquestioned legacy both here in Baltimore and throughout what the NFL is today. He is widely expected to be a first ballot entry into Canton. Since ending his career, Lewis has been even more involved in his charitable endeavors, businesses and as a broadcaster for ESPN.