Stover to announce retirement tomorrow

One of the great all-time Ravens will call it quits tomorrow.

Matt Stover, who kicked for the Ravens for the first 13 years of the franchise’s existence after the team’s move from Cleveland, will retire tomorrow afternoon during a 3 p.m. press conference at Ravens headquarters.

Stover ranks fourth in NFL history with 2,004 career points and 471 made field goals. He made 445 field goals outdoors, which is an NFL record.

The 42-year-old Stover left the Ravens prior to the 2009 season, when the team decided to bring in a kicker with more leg strength. He signed with the Colts that season, and made it to the Super Bowl with Indianapolis.

Unfortunately, because of the lockout, the Ravens won’t be able to officially sign Stover to a one-day contract, allowing him to retire as a member of the team.

They will, however, have a “second announcement” involving Stover and the team at the press conference tomorrow.

My guess is that announcement will involve Stover going into the Ravens’ Ring of Honor, where he would join Earnest Byner, Art Modell, Michael McCrary, Peter Boulware, Jonathan Ogden, and eight Baltimore Colts.

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