Despite being run out of town by the current coaching regime, Stover never turned his back on the Ravens. He was inducted into the Ring of Honor last season and will announce the team’s second and third-round draft picks during the NFL Draft on Friday.
“I’m very, very grateful to do it,” Stover told Ryan Mink at BaltimoreRavens.com. “It’s such a neat opportunity to represent my team and my city.”
The Ravens should feel very fortunate that Stover holds no harsh feelings towards the franchise. A lesser man probably could have turned their back on a team that gave up on one of its most consistent players. John Harbaugh and the Ravens parted ways with the then 18-year veteran after the 2008 season and brought in Steve Hauschka and Graham Gano to compete for Stover’s position. There was never an option for the veteran to prove he still had enough in the tank to keep his job.
We all know how the story ends, Hauschka wins the job over Gano, Hauschka gets released months later after converting under 70 percent of his field goal attempts and Stover signed on with the Indianapolis Colts.
Thankfully Stover never held any hostility towards Baltimore and I’m happy to hear that he’ll be representing the Ravens at Radio City Music Hall. Though I can’t promise I’ll watch because I hate the NFL Draft.