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Rare birds: Ray Lewis and Ed Reed shared bond, could enter Hall of Fame back-to-back

Rare birds: Ray Lewis and Ed Reed shared bond, could enter Hall of Fame back-to-back

If you take a half step back and say it out loud, the scenario sounds preposterous.

A player of uncommon passion with a studious nature and an uncanny ability to translate the pictures in his head to furious action makes his way from the University of Miami to Baltimore. He’s drafted lower than his production seems to merit, but he redefines his position for the modern NFL, becomes a role model to teammates and forges an eternal bond with his adopted city, on and off the field.

Six years later, another player who fits the same description — beat for beat — makes the same college-to-NFL trek. He’s equally underestimated, yet forges his own indelible legacy as a leader and...

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