"When somebody calls you a first-ballot Hall of Famer, that means, in this business, you were the greatest to ever do it," Lewis said. "That's the greatest honor you can ever have. I get it. Getting in is all that matters, but it's the same thing in childhood, when we used to sit out there on the field and somebody would say, 'Who is the captain?' When he picks somebody first, they know that you're that guy. It's that same concept. It's something I never thought could happen when I was younger. It's the greatest honor in this business. It's football heaven."