The Baltimore Ravens will induct kicker Matt Stover into their Ring of Honor during halftime of their game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Stover will join greats like Jonathan Ogden, Peter Boulware, Michael McCrary, Art Modell and (for some reason) Earnest Byner. I’m happy to see the Ravens recognize Stover for his fantastic career and for everything he met to the organization, despite his run in Baltimore awkwardly ending with John Harbaugh giving him the boot in 2009 to let Steve Hauschka shank field goals in clutch situations.
Regardless, it’s good to see Harbaugh and Ravens will bury the hatchet and bestow upon Stover the highest honor in the Ravens organization. He meant so much to the franchise as their all-time leading scorer with 1,464 points (354 field goals and 403 extra points). As Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times points out, Stover also kicked 14 game winning field goals in his 18 professional seasons.
If the Ravens can put Stover’s uncomfortable departure behind them and put him in the Ring of Honor, why can’t they do the same for Brian Billick? In my opinion, Billick is a shoo-in for the Ring. Billick not only brought the Ravens their first winning season, but he brought a Super Bowl back to Baltimore and left as the city’s all-time winningest coach.
Surely, it was unpleasant for owner Steve Bisciotti to fire Billick after the 2007 season, but it’s time to put that behind him and honor the franchise’s most successful coach.