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The reigning champs get their Mt. Rushmore

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We’re down to the last two franchises, and they’re pretty good ones.

On Thursday, the Ravens get their Mt. Rushmore.  On Friday, the Steelers.

Even though the Ravens have been around only since 1996, a pair of Super Bowl wins made it hard to narrow the field of nominees down to 12 finalists.

It may not be as hard to pick two or three of the winners.

Pick up to four from the dozen names below.  And feel free to complain in the comments about any names left off the list.

Tune in at 5:00 p.m. ET to Pro Football Talk on NBCSN for the Ravens’ winners.

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50 Responses to “The reigning champs get their Mt. Rushmore”
  1. daburgher says: Jun 26, 2013 8:46 AM

    arent the Ravens the browns, relocated?

  2. darkhorse08817 says: Jun 26, 2013 8:47 AM

    How the hell could you not have Tony Siragusa as an option to vote for in a Ravens hall of fame??!

  3. cheapglazers says: Jun 26, 2013 8:47 AM

    Ray Lewis
    Ozzie Newsom
    Jonathan Ogden
    Ed Reed

  4. pnut87 says: Jun 26, 2013 8:51 AM

    What, no Trent Dilfer?

    …Yeah, I think I gagged typing that one out.

  5. kantnockdahustle89 says: Jun 26, 2013 8:52 AM

    This might be the easiest one yet.

  6. wicks25 says: Jun 26, 2013 8:55 AM

    I’m a lifelong Browns fan. Probably splitting hairs here, but shouldn’t this include the Browns players? Would be consistent with your inclusion of Baltimore Colts players on Indy’s list (opposed to this Ravens’ list), and Oilers players on Titans’ list (oppose to Texans).

  7. petedutcherjr says: Jun 26, 2013 8:56 AM

    What? No Trent Dilfer????

  8. rufustfireflyjr says: Jun 26, 2013 8:56 AM

    Art Modell, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Ozzie Newsome. Modell belongs because, regardless of what one thinks of his performance as an owner, there would have been NO Baltimore Ravens without him. He was the one who moved the team from Cleveland to Charm City. For better or worse, that move alone qualifies him for inclusion. Ed Reed and Ray Lewis personified the great defenses that kept the team in championship contention for the better part of two decades and won two Super Bowls. And Ozzie Newsome’s drafting and other personnel moves have kept the team near the top for longer than pretty much any other franchise.

  9. psuorioles says: Jun 26, 2013 8:58 AM

    Easy for me… Modell, Lewis, Odgen, Reed.

  10. greenmeattruck says: Jun 26, 2013 9:03 AM

    Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Newsome, and let’s not forget what patch they all wore last season… Art.

  11. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jun 26, 2013 9:05 AM

    Mine includes Ray Lewis, Ozzie Newsome, Jonathan Ogden, and Matt Stover

    Tough to exclude Art Modell and Ed Reed since they are both definitely worthy as well.

  12. ottomanismydog says: Jun 26, 2013 9:09 AM

    Earnest Byner
    Jim Brown
    Ray Lewis
    Bernie Kosar

  13. highonluck says: Jun 26, 2013 9:14 AM

    Haloti Ngata?

  14. nightofthehipple says: Jun 26, 2013 9:17 AM

    I went with Modell, Newsome, Ogden and Reed. Lewis was a great player, but should have gone to jail, not been allowed to continue playing football.

  15. twilson962 says: Jun 26, 2013 9:22 AM

    Cmon…this is easy.

    Paul Brown
    Otto Graham
    Jim Brown
    Ozzie Newsome

  16. classyjacklambert says: Jun 26, 2013 9:24 AM

    I voted for Flacco, because it takes a truly monumental player to destroy a team on his own.

  17. truninerfan49 says: Jun 26, 2013 9:25 AM

    Ray Lewis
    Ed Reed
    Jonathan Ogden
    Ozzie Newsom

  18. mulletcork says: Jun 26, 2013 9:29 AM

    No Ray Rice???

  19. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 26, 2013 9:33 AM

    Tim Couch
    Courtney Brown
    Kellen Winslow
    Charlie Frye

  20. rufustfireflyjr says: Jun 26, 2013 9:34 AM

    Anyone who includes a kicker on any of these “Mt. Rushmores” should automatically have their fan cards revoked. I don’t care which franchise it is or which kicker.

  21. ravensterpsarmystrong says: Jun 26, 2013 9:36 AM

    Top 5: Modell, Newsome, Ogden, Lewis, and Reeed. Who do you eliminate? Modell – NFL icon, moved the team to Bmore; Newsome – best damn GM and personnel guru in the business, establsihed the team’s identity from day 1; Ogden – Ravens 1st draft choice with HoF career; Lewis and Reed: future HoFamers, establsihed the exemplary defensive standards we adhere to. Who doesn’t make it to the mountain? Hmmmnnn?

  22. lks311 says: Jun 26, 2013 9:45 AM

    Newsom, Ogden, Lewis, Reed—and in that order.

    Considering the limited history, a very solid foursome…which leads us back to Ozzie Newsom.

  23. spitsfire says: Jun 26, 2013 9:52 AM

    Ray Lewis
    Ozzie Newsom
    Ed Reed
    Joe Flacco

  24. albertmn says: Jun 26, 2013 9:57 AM

    Reminder to the numerous people that seem to have forgotten: The Browns history also stayed in Cleveland along with the name. While that team moved to Baltimore, for NFL purposes, it was considered a new team and Cleveland kept the franchise history and it is all Browns history, just with a break of a few years.

  25. Steeley McBeam says: Jun 26, 2013 10:52 AM

    The things Ravens fans would do to Ozzie Newsome given the opprotunity..

  26. sbchampsagain says: Jun 26, 2013 11:25 AM

    I’d love to see Reed and Ogden on the Rushmore.
    Aside fromt hem being HOF players, I’d love to see the sculptor have to craft Ed’s weird beard and Jonathan’s awesome fro.

  27. scott28078 says: Jun 26, 2013 12:06 PM

    Bisciotti
    Newsome
    R Lewis
    Ogden

  28. the41o says: Jun 26, 2013 12:08 PM

    For all the years he carried the scoring load, Matt Stover. Art Modell is obvious.Of course Ray Lewis,and how could you not have the first Raven ever inducted into the HoF,Odgen. Ed sold out on Baltimore so he’s not worthy of being in a mt.rushmore. He’s more of a ring of honor guy now

  29. camcameronsucks says: Jun 26, 2013 12:10 PM

    Ray Lewis
    Jonathon Ogden
    Ed Reed
    Matt Stover

    *I can’t believe more Ravens fans dont include Stover, he was one of the best and most reliable kickers of all time. If it weren’t for him and the defense, the 2000 superbowl wouldnt have been possible.

  30. rickparkhurst says: Jun 26, 2013 12:13 PM

    Right on! albertmn! Wasn’t that “break of a few years” the last time the Browns did not lose to the Steelers?

  31. michaelda1 says: Jun 26, 2013 1:22 PM

    @rickparkhurst, pretty sure the Brownies beat the Steelers last year.

  32. jacktheraven says: Jun 26, 2013 3:45 PM

    To add to the ” shouldn’t the Cleveland Browns be on this list” comments. According to the NFL: The Ravens were “born ” in 1996, as an expansion team. The Browns logo, history, records, all remained in Cleveland. The Browns Mt Rushmore has been picked and no Ravens were on their list.

  33. reed20fence says: Jun 26, 2013 3:48 PM

    Lewis, Reed, Modell, Newsome.

  34. jester19800 says: Jun 26, 2013 4:37 PM

    Lewis, Reed, Stover, Newsome

    If you didn’t vote for Stover you probably didn’t watch the Ravens until recently. No real Ravens fan would leave him out.

  35. jacktheraven says: Jun 26, 2013 4:50 PM

    This list will change in the next few years, but for now, Model, Newsome, Lewis & Ogden.

  36. starkravenmad52 says: Jun 26, 2013 6:46 PM

    Just say NO to Stover. Yeah he kicked a lot of field goals, so. The DEFENSE creates a turnover, he’s in range. Jamal Lewis runs and runs and gets him in range. Sorry he kicked field goals, he didn’t read running lanes, he didn’t tackle, he didn’t pass, he didn’t intercept passes. For the last few years he didn’t even kickoff, we had to waste a roster spot for a “kickoff specialist”. No room for a kicker on this Mt. Rushmore.

  37. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 26, 2013 8:44 PM

    Joe Flacco and the three footballs he punched into the end zone on 9-11-11
    Ed Reed and the ball R-booger threw to him on 9-11-11
    Ray Lewis and the ball R-booger threw to him on 9-11-11
    Jarrett Johnson standing over a knocked out Hines Ward on … You guessed it … 9-11-11!

  38. blackngold4life says: Jun 27, 2013 12:33 AM

    Ogden
    Lewis
    Newsome
    Reed

  39. fukpittsburgh says: Jun 27, 2013 1:07 AM

    Ogden
    Ray
    Ed
    Newsome or Sizzle

  40. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 27, 2013 8:31 AM

    Gee, this is harder than I thought.
    What about?
    Anquon Boldin (scored on Flacco’s first pass on 9-11-11)
    Sam Koch (scored two points on 9-11-11)
    Haloti Ngata (owned Mendenhall on 9-11-11)
    and….drum roll…..Ed Dickson, scored TD on 9-11-11 while defender Troy Polamalu ate a mouthful of endzone turf!

  41. ravenmuscle says: Jun 27, 2013 10:37 AM

    Does Pittsburgh still have an NFL team?

  42. allanre16 says: Jun 27, 2013 10:49 AM

    I also concur as to why Ray Rice is missing on this list! If it was up to me as to who should be on this list…it would be way more than four. Past, present and future…As an all time,well…time will tell!!! But if I had to choose now it would be Steve, John, Ozzie and the fans of Baltimore

  43. gregob56 says: Jun 27, 2013 11:00 AM

    Art Modell
    Ozzie Newsome
    Jonathan Ogden
    Ray Lewis

    Sorry Browns fans, your franchise was suspended and the Ravens are considered and expansion franchise.

  44. allanre16 says: Jun 27, 2013 11:07 AM

    Line-u’m up and lets play. At Denver September 5th. Would’nt have it any other way! Although would like the AFC Championship to come through BALTIMORE.

  45. allanre16 says: Jun 27, 2013 11:44 AM

    My Baltimore Ravens Mount Rushmore is the Players #1,Coaches#2,Trainers#3 and the Scouting#4…But none better than the FANS!!!!…and #1 is no better than #4.

  46. thedoor12 says: Jun 27, 2013 12:34 PM

    RAY LEWIS
    JONATHAN OGDEN
    ED REED
    MATT STOVER

    Browns fans need to get over it. You got to keep your name and all your records. Our name was taken and all the records as well.

  47. partmachine says: Jun 28, 2013 12:56 AM

    All included: Modell, Newsome, Ogden, Lewis.

    Players only: Ogden, Lewis, Reed, Stover.

    I say Art and Ozzie belong.

  48. risenconquer says: Jun 28, 2013 11:36 AM

    A few notable snubs: Mike McCrary, Brian Billick, Marvin Lewis, Shannon Sharpe, and OJ Brigance.

    McCrary was relentless and along with Boulware really established what it meant to “play like a Raven” (the guy silently gave his legs and played on bone on bone). Can’t tell you how many times I saw him crawl to the quarterback in the old AFC Central (best division in football).

    Billick created the culture, shook of the horrible, winless Brown stink and (1) carved out the first superbowl champion, (2) mobilized fans to take over our home stadium during Steelers week, and (3)is probably the primary architect for Raven’s pride. Cmon, Marchibroda had his best days with the Colts, but their was no “swagger” or “physicality” in our locker room pre-Brian. After Brian, we never “tippy toed into the lion’s den again.” Modell gave us a franchise. Billick gave us the Ravens.

    Marvin Lewis, released and then rehired was the chief architect of the Raven’s defense. Baltimore was not known for defense pre-Marvin. Vinny could throw for 300+ yards and we would still lose. Michael Jackson and Derrick Alexander led the league in receptions and we would still lose. Think about it. Ray Lewis made the Ravens and the argument can be made that Marvin made Ray Lewis. Count the head coaches who can be traced back to the tree of Marvin Lewis and that Baltimore defense.

    Shannon Sharpe more often than not was the leader of the offense and most reliable option. He taught a losing team how to win. His work ethic and performance inspired offensive and defensive players. Anyone remember during the first superbowl run, Shannon would meet with our defense pregame to confirm how many points the offense had to score to win each game 3, 6, 10? And then motivating his team to go out there and do just that.

    I remember sitting at the inner harbor amphitheater and in disbelief hearing Shannon guarantee a win against Oakland. Then watching that unbelievable 80+ yard touchdown from the shadow of out goal post to make it happen or his catch and touchdown off of the Jamal Lewis bobble in the other game. His veteran leadership on a bad offense cannot be overstated. Dare i say, while Ray was developing, Shannon Sharpe was already in the locker room.

    OJ Brigance. Beyond the first tackle in Superbowl 35, OJ’s off the field battle with ALS has done at least two things that immeasurably impact the Baltimore Raven’s culture. (1) It is a daily reminder of a lion’s heart, and what it looks like to fight. (2) It places football and life in appropriate perspectives. Truthfully, I am not sure the football team we love so much would have the character, tenacity, and integrity without OJ Brigance.

    Hey, whether you agree or disagree with anything that I have shared… it sure felt good to reminisce.

  49. risenconquer says: Jun 28, 2013 11:49 AM

    Modell, Ozzie, Ray, Reed and the arguable 5th spot to Stov-diddy.

    The picture of consistency. We went the entire 5 weeks of October 2000 without scoring a touchdown and Stover provided our offense. he knew his range and he delivered. Again and again.

  50. risenconquer says: Jun 28, 2013 12:10 PM

    Browns fans are funny.

    You got rid of an owner you didn’t like, a team that couldn’t win, and a franchise on the brink of bankruptcy. The NFL didn’t tell you to build a museum. Instead, they replaced it with a new team and a new stadium. You kept your heroes, your colors and your dawg pound. You got a new team quicker than it took the Ravens to win their first Superbowl. 15 years and multiple coaches later Cleveland is still floundering in the basement of the division. Gary Baxter, Jamal Lewis, and Paul Kruger can’t change who you are.

    When Baltimore embraced your cast off, stray (pun intended) franchise Modell was paying players like Andre Rison who never came to Baltimore. The team debt was so high that BGE bills went unpaid and were forgiven in Baltimore.

    Let’s be honest. Modell belongs in the Hall of Fame and Cleveland is still mad because (1) your team sucks and (2) the franchise you pushed away is doing so well.

    All of this bad blood will all go away when the Browns stop firing coaches, create a inning culture, and win a superbowl. Until then, The Ravens are the gorgeous ex-girlfriend who lost weight and is doing better since the break up.

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