PHOTO: Ravens unveil Ray Lewis statue in Baltimore

The Baltimore Ravens have honoured legendary linebacker Ray Lewis with a statue of the retired star outside M&T Bank Stadium.


Ray Lewis enjoyed a highly successful 17-year career with the Ravens before hanging up his boots last year after leading Baltimore to Super Bowl XLVII.

The 13-time Pro Bowler won two Super Bowl's with the Ravens and was named MVP after winning his first one in 2001.

Lewis was one of the greatest leaders the NFL has ever seen and Baltimore has ensured that he will never be forgotten in the city as the statue has been unveiled outside the north part of the stadium, which is also known as the Unitas plaza.

"We didn't take this lightly for Johnny Unitas to share this plaza with the greatest defensive player of all time," Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said at the ceremony today.

"He truly was a leader who made good men great. We are witnesses to the greatest leader in the history of the NFL," Bisciotti added.

Lewis was drafted with the 26th pick in the 1996 NFL draft and went on to be the face of the franchise for well over a decade.

The 39-year-old was inducted into the Ravens' Ring of Honour last season and he will now forever be a part of the team and city.

"Me and Baltimore are forever connected. We did it our way. We made sure they started putting in rules for offense!

"if you want to talk about making sure we're respected as men, this organisation made sure of that. I'm never leaving Baltimore, I will forever be a part of this city," Lewis said at today's statue unveiling.


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