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[News] Ray Lewis Won’t Coach, Will Get Statue

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John Harbaugh has talked with Lewis about coaching, but the legendary linebacker isn’t interested.

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I remember a few years back when wanted to test free agency and he spoke to Shannon Sharpe about the matter. Shannon responded telling Ray how he was so beloved in Baltimore and how important it would be for him to stay put. He went on to say that one day they'll build a statue of you here in Baltimore to honor you with all the other greats. He ended by telling him that will take him a lot further being in the hearts of many. Ray stayed, and we all saw the outpour of love here on tuesday. We await the statue.
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Jan. 28, 2009: Former Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe tells The Sun he advised Lewis to re-sign with the team. "I told Ray: 'Consider returning. You're like [John] Elway in Denver and [Dan] Marino in Miami. They should erect a statue of you next to Johnny Unitas. That's the kind of impact you've had in Baltimore. That should mean something to you.'"

This is what Shannon said to Ray when trying to convince him to stay. Thanks Shannon. I for one hope you're correct!!
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This entire experiance has been awesome and dream come true. It feels great in one moment but weid in another moment because there is no more games to look forward to until August.
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The most important contribution Ray can make now is not just for the Ravens but for the community, and I don't mean financial.
Ray has a Christian message that our culture needs and now he has a platform and an audience.
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[quote name='BAM52' timestamp='1360261432' post='1349290']
This entire experiance has been awesome and dream come true. It feels great in one moment but weid in another moment because there is no more games to look forward to until August.
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BAM the victory hasn't warned off of me yet :)

The only said part honestly is there is no more Ray on the field. It's like a parent realizing a kid has that been around them for 18 years almost everyday of their life and now they are gone off to college and will be leading their own life soon.

What they call it the "empty nest" syndrome? LOL

Ironically Ray is leaving the Ravens nest to move on to a new life. After watching all of his early career highlights on the NFL Network this week, there is no doubt that this man is the best MLB to play the game. Leading the playoffs in tackles this year shows that he had a major impact on our defense from year 1 to year 17.
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Put the statue right next to Johnny U's to symbolize Colts past and Ravens present. Two of the GOAT right next to each other. Ray for president!
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Way to go Ray and I hope that you do enjoy working for ESPN and congrats on the statue going up sometime in the future, and I love you Ray!! I hope Ray will come back into the game and coach when the time comes if he desires, the guy is a great motivator.
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I love the statues over at the yard with the "Orioles Legends". We now need one over at the Bank. We have Johnny, I would love to see Ray lined up with his hands on his knees waiting for a play and Ed leaping up for an int.
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I think there should be a statue of Ray outside of the stadium, maybe closer to the entrance than Johnny U's. If it is not a pose of him in that stance from the squirrel dance that would an injustice. Check out this for a model;
http://spawn.com/toys/product.aspx?product=3260
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We could put it in front of the Castle/Performance Center to welcome rookies on their first day of arrival. It would be fitting since Ray was a great mentor.
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I recommend my friend, Toby Mendez who was commissioned to create the Orioles Legends at Camden Yards. He is a fantastic sculptor- just look at his work at Camden Yards. It speaks for itself.
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Reveal the statue at mid field in next year's season-opener against the Steelers.

Then move it to its rightful place next to Johnny U right outside the main gates of The Bank.

Also, make the warriors he battled the most - the Steelers - watch as his number is retired.

Then go win the game.
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I had always believed Ray Lewis should be on the coaching staff and still believe that it may happened one day, whether it's w/the Ravens or w/another team as head coach. The timing is not right at the moment. He is investing his time, in which I wholeheartedly agree with and admire him for it, in his children, esp. w/his son ready to play football. Not going to be the same attending the games without seeing him come out the tunnel or even watching games and having him pump up his teammates. Wow, seeing the picture of his empty locker literally "hurts", but life goes on!
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Ray will have a statue and his number retired very soon. I understand that he wants to spend some time with his family right now, he certainly earned that.
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I think Ray one day will be a coach hopefully for the Ravens but right now he's got to be a daddy raise his babies watch his son play at the U and he has a pretty long contract with ESPN as well so right now is probably not the best time to get into coaching but maybe in 9-10 years hopefully
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I think the statue should go on the Russel St. side so that every visiting team bus will get to see it as they drive into town.
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Yeah, bad timing. The reason he's retiring in the first place is to be there for his son during his senior year. If not for spending time with his family, the dude could honestly play forever. Give him a few years to enjoy retirement. I have no doubt he'll eventually be a coach in the NFL, and there's only one team he'd want to be a part of.
As for the statue, I guarantee it's going to be the end pose of his dance. What better representation of Ray is there?
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I haven't heard anything about retiring his jersey #52... they should have a ceremony during the first prime time home game next year... I don't think i want to see anyone else wearing that #52 jersey on the Ravens team ever again.. i don't believe there is anyone who will be worthy enough too...Just because of the much as he gave this team, the Franchise,and the sport... not to mention the town and it's fans...(SO Retire the #52 Jersey) ???
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Much as I look forward to hearing some of Ray's insights when he becomes an analyst/sportscaster, I still hope he returns to football to coach one day. He can break down the game like no other, and his teammates consistently say he's one of the greatest leaders and motivators they've ever seen. He could become one of the few great players to make a great coach.
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I cannot wait to see the statue of Ray doing the squirrel dance right next to Johnny U at the main entrance of the New Baltimore Insane Asylum!
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