Billick joins Ravens' Ring of Honor but has no desire to return to NFL sidelines
There are many things Brian Billick will never forget about leading the Baltimore Ravens to victory in Super Bowl XXXV but invoking the old Seinfeld bit, “Fesitvus Maximus,’’ to keep his players and the whole city on task as he rallied the Ravens into a playoff contender ranks among his fondest.
Last week Billick’s name was added to the Ravens’ Ring of Honor and he dropped by the Talk of Fame Network to recall his days in Baltimore and how “humbling’’ it was to see his name added to the stadium wall with not only his former star linebacker Ray Lewis but Baltimore legends like Johnny Unitas.
“It wasn’t something I gave a lot of thought to,’’ Billick said. “It’s humbling. It was pretty good to be a part of that group (and) that tie to the old Colts.’’
Billick went on to talk about the stunning disappointment of the 2006 season when his Ravens went 13-3 only to fall to the Colts in the divisional playoff round, and how it came to pass that a coach who won three division titles in nine years, went to the playoffs four times and won a Super Bowl never coached again after being fired by the Ravens.
His absence has been as much by design as happenstance after former Cowboys’ coach and Billick’s colleague on Fox’s NFL broadcasts, Jimmy Johnson, took him aside and gave him a warning about returning to coaching.
“He told me, ‘Don’t go back unless it’s in your bones,’’’ Billick said. “The opportunities didn’t seem to size up right (after that). It’s a grind.’’
It’s a grind Billick has replaced with a far less stressful life as a TV commentator and NFL observer. After you listen to him, you decide if he misses that grind or not.
Denver Broncos’ wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders also stops by to talk football but also to discuss “Emmanuel’s Lockers,’’ a community outreach program in Denver Sanders funds that fills school lockers with much needed sports equipment for financially strapped families.
Our Hall of Fame hosts, Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge, state the Hall of Fame case for Ottis Anderson, a forgotten running back who retired 26 years ago as the eighth ranked rusher in pro football history yet has not once been so much as a Hall semi-finalist. We tell you how that happened and why it’s time it changed.
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