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Former Raven Ray Lewis gets closer to Hall of Fame induction, is one of 18 finalists

Former Raven Ray Lewis gets closer to Hall of Fame induction, is one of 18 finalists

The wait is growing shorter for former Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis, who learned Tuesday night that he’s one of 18 finalists for the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.

Lewis, who spent his entire 17-year career with the Ravens, will find out his fate Feb. 3, the night before Super Bowl LII. He’s considered a virtual lock to be a first-ballot selection.

To be selected, Lewis will have to receive 80 percent approval when Hall of Fame voters meet Feb. 3.

He’s expected to become the second player to have been primarily a Raven to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, where he’d follow offensive lineman Jonathan Ogden. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome selected Ogden...

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