Bart Scott

With Hall of Fame on Ray Lewis' horizon, linebacker's influence still felt by Ravens, NFL

With Hall of Fame on Ray Lewis' horizon, linebacker's influence still felt by Ravens, NFL

His hits landed with an audible thud. His fiery pregame speeches provided motivation for two Super Bowl-winning teams. He was revered in Baltimore and jeered everywhere else.

For 17 seasons, Ray Lewis’ NFL career was defined by noise. As he nears entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Lewis finds himself seeking the opposite.

“When the completion of things started to rattle off in my life and I started to take a hard look at what I accomplished, I just want to sit in silence,” Lewis, 42, said. “I ride in my car now with silence unless I’m playing jazz music. I don’t watch anything on television that confuses where I am right now. I chase so many sunsets.”

On Saturday,...

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