NFL Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe was a close friend of Ray Lewis when they played together in Baltimore.
Sharpe was invited to attend Thursday morning's unveiling of the Lewis statue outside of M&T Bank Stadium but couldn't attend. However, Sharpe said he spoke to Lewis a couple of weeks ago.
"When they put up a statue of a person that speaks volumes," said Sharpe on Thursday via phone. "It speaks about that person's impact on the community not just as a player but as a person. It's one thing to honor a player by retiring his jersey, but something special when they build you a statue. That's something usually reserved for presidents."