Art Modell

For Ravens great Ray Lewis, Hall of Fame speech is a chance to give thanks

For Ravens great Ray Lewis, Hall of Fame speech is a chance to give thanks

Ray Lewis prowled the stage for all 33 minutes of a sprawling Hall of Fame induction speech Saturday night, taking listeners on a tour of his childhood and playing career before concluding with a call for community service.

The Ravens great pointed out dozens of family members, friends, coaches and former teammates in the announced crowd of 22,205, thanking them for helping him fulfill an unlikely destiny as one of the finest defenders in NFL history.

Lewis, clad in purple pants and a matching purple and gold tie, received a raucous ovation from Baltimore fans as he took the stage at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. He began his speech, the last of the night, almost three...

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