The Ravens made the right (albeit significantly long overdue) decision this week to induct former head coach Brian Billick into the Ring Of Honor during the 2019 season, and they also announced former defensive tackle Haloti Ngata will deservedly join him in receiving the same honor next year.
But just because these decisions have been made doesn't mean there aren't still other Ravens deserving of having their names recognized inside M&T Bank Stadium. For some reason, I haven't been hired to the role of "Ravens Ring Of Honor Commissioner" (seriously gang, I haven't changed my number recently), but I figure I'll go ahead and humbly accept the responsibility.
No wide receivers make my list. Derrick Mason and Anquan Boldin (and even Torrey Smith) were very good during their respective Baltimore tenures, and I wouldn't be offended by their inclusion, but none would quite make the cut for me.
Here are the 10 men (ranked from least to most deserving) who deserve to be inducted into the Ravens' Ring Of Honor as of right now, even if they were to never contribute anything else to the franchise.
10. Punter Sam Koch
Koch's candidacy is tricky because he's only once been selected to a Pro Bowl and only once been named an All-Pro to this point in his career. But Koch has been an extremely high-level performer for 13 seasons, including major contributions to the Super Bowl XLVII title team. His 208 career games rank behind just Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis in franchise history, giving him a serious chance of claiming the record in 2020.
9. Owner Steve Bisciotti
While there have been missteps at times, there is no debating the overall success the franchise has had during the Bisciotti era. The Ravens have remained a model franchise in American sports since he initially purchased 49 percent of the team in 2000.
8. Former Linebacker O.J. Brigance
It is impossible to quantify what Brigance has meant to the franchise. A Super Bowl champion as a player, his commitment as a leader and inspiration for the entire franchise cannot be understated. There is no statistic that can measure Brigance's value, but the Ring Of Honor would be a tremendous way to define it.
7. Former Cornerback Chris McAlister
McAlister has dealt with a number of issues in his life, and obviously the end of his Ravens tenure in Baltimore was a bit embarrassing in 2008. That said, he's a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro who helped the Ravens to their first Super Bowl title and was one of the best players at his position for nearly a decade in purple and black. He belongs in the Ring.
6. Former Quarterback Joe Flacco
There has long been a belief that to make the Ring Of Honor, a player would have to have been recognized as a Pro Bowler at least once as a Raven. The team has made it clear that no such qualification ACTUALLY exists and the argument is absurd when it comes to Flacco. There's just no world in which the best quarterback in franchise history, one of only two Super Bowl MVPs the team has ever seen and the man who guided the team to at least one postseason win in six of his nine full seasons, would be left out of the Ring Of Honor. It's an insane concept.
5. Kicker Justin Tucker
Despite not even being 30 years old yet, there's just no debate as to Tucker's ROH worthiness. He's a four-time All-Pro (although strangely only a two-time Pro Bowler), a Super Bowl champion and, you know, one of the greatest kickers in the history of football. He's a lock, plain and simple.
4. Head Coach John Harbaugh
There is no shortage of Ravens fans who believe Harbaugh hasn't been on top of his game the last few seasons. But that in no way impacts his Ring Of Honor candidacy. He's just 13 wins away from moving into the top 30 in NFL history and is the winningest coach in Baltimore football (Ravens or Colts) history. Hopefully no matter how things ultimately end for him, he won't have to wait as long as his predecessor.
3. Offensive Lineman Marshal Yanda
It isn't easy for interior offensive linemen to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he's going to have a shot. It should be very easy for Yanda to carve out a spot in the Ring Of Honor.
2. Former General Manager Ozzie Newsome
Sure, he had some shaky years late in his run as GM, and obviously we'll never be able to understand why things were so miserable when it came to receivers. That said, he'd be a Hall of Fame executive if he weren't a Hall of Fame player, and it shouldn't be much longer until he gets his spot.
1. Former Linebacker Terrell Suggs