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Ray Lewis was fearsome, polarizing -- and loved by his city

Ray Lewis was fearsome, polarizing -- and loved by his city

Ray Lewis was born to play football, so much so that you wonder if he'll ever find the joy and satisfaction in the rest of his life that he found on the field. You go ahead and pick your iconic image of the man. Here's mine: No. 52 with shoulders hunched, glowering across the line of scrimmage, face paint streaked with sweat, eyes boring in on the quarterback in the seconds before the ball is snapped. Whether we ever got to know the real Ray Lewis in his 17 years in Baltimore is debatable, and we'll get to that in a moment. But here's what we do know: He was the best middle linebacker ever to play the game. And maybe he was the best defensive player of all time,...

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