In the NFL for someone to be called the face of a franchise, he has to be a combination of several things—he has to play very well, maybe even be the best player at his position in the entire league, and he must be a leader who is respected by his team and his peers in the NFL.
When it comes to the Baltimore Ravens, their reputation as a defensive powerhouse impacts the search for a franchise player. When people think about the Ravens, it's so easy to picture Ray Lewis winning the Super Bowl MVP or Ed Reed taking an interception back to the house.
The franchise has been so defined by defense for so long that it's not possible to look at them without seeing the defensive superstars.
Yet, it could also be argued that a change is being made as several new players on the offensive side of the ball could make claims to be the face of the franchise. Though the defense remains the team's strength, the offense pulls its weight more so than at any other previous time.
So who is the face of the Ravens franchise?
Only a few players can even be considered for this honored position. Here are the players that I think have arguments for being the face of the franchise.