Matt Stover to preside over monument lighting

Ravens' great will flick the switch as Mount Vernon landmark marks its 40th year as Baltimore's grandest holiday decoration

  • Matt Stover, former kicker for the Baltimore Ravens, will be the special guest at Thursday's monument lighting.
Matt Stover, former kicker for the Baltimore Ravens, will be… (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore…)
November 29, 2011|By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun

Ravens great Matt Stover will preside over this year's lighting of Baltimore's Washington Monument, organizers announced Tuesday.

Stover spent 13 seasons as a Raven, earning respect as one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history and the admiration of Baltimore fans who appreciated both his on-field performance and his off-field love for their city. Although not signed by the Ravens following the 2008 season (he would later sign with Indianapolis and help them get to Super Bowl XLIV), he and his family still live in Baltimore.

Stover was inducted into the Ravens' "Ring of Honor" during ceremonies Nov. 20 at M&T Bank Stadium.

"He's always going to be a Raven in the hearts and in the minds of Ravens fans everywhere," said Michael Evitts of the Downtown Partnership, which sponsors the annual lighting ceremony.

The 40th annual celebration is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and will feature live music from the Baltimore City College Choir and the Institute of Notre Dame Select Choir. Stover is scheduled to flick the switch that lights the monument at 7:45 p.m., with fireworks to follow.

Stover joins a long list of notables to preside over the monument lighting, including the Ravens' Ray Lewis. Oriole Nick Markakis, film director John Waters and actor Richard Belzer of "Homicide: Life on the Street."

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