What's more embarrassing than to have to take down a commemorative statue? Accomplished individuals may encounter situations over a lifetime that overshadow the acts that brought them recognition. William Donald Schaefer's statue was dedicated at a point in time when he was unlikely to tarnish his legacy. With Joe Paterno, the timing was not so fortuitous. Johnny Unitas' statue was a safe bet. The Oriole players' statues are probably going to stand the test of time. At 80, we can confidently reflect on the life achievements of Lenny Moore and declare him worthy of a commemorative statue.
On the other hand, we have Ray Lewis, a great football player. And over a lifetime may prove to be a person worthy of a commemorative statue that will speak to future generations about his place in the history and culture of Baltimore ("Bisciotti: Ray Lewis likely to get statue of his likeness outside stadium down the road," Feb. 8).
But the caution is: Make no statue until it's time.
Arthur PierceCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun