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  • Ray Lewis and Baltimore: A creation myth 22 years in the making

    Ray Lewis and Baltimore: A creation myth 22 years in the making

    As Ray Lewis tells it, the story of him and Baltimore is a creation myth. His voice fell to a hush recently as he set the scene for his first season in the city, when the former Cleveland Browns were training at an abandoned state police barracks. “It’s the one thing people don’t set out to do....

  • Preston: There will never be another Ray Lewis. Just ask Ozzie Newsome.

    Preston: There will never be another Ray Lewis. Just ask Ozzie Newsome.

    Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome doesn’t like to talk much, unless it’s a special occasion. One will occur Aug. 4, when middle linebacker Ray Lewis will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden (2013) as the only players enshrined primarily as...

  • Ray Lewis through the years: A look at the Hall of Famer's career on and off the field

    Ray Lewis through the years: A look at the Hall of Famer's career on and off the field

    Ray Lewis was the Ravens’ second pick in the first round in the 1996 NFL draft after Jonathan Ogden. Perhaps it’s fitting that Ogden was the first Raven to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the second will be Lewis. Here is a look at Lewis’ 17-year career and the five years since...

  • Impressions Ray Lewis left on teammates and team officials

    Impressions Ray Lewis left on teammates and team officials

    From favorite hits, favorite games and inspiring performances, here’s what former teammates, team officials and fans remember about watching Ray Lewis play for the Ravens: ‘Greatest individual performance’ For Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, one game sticks out: Super Bowl XXXV. The Ravens,...

  • Ray Lewis by the numbers

    Ray Lewis by the numbers

    1 – Super Bowl MVP honor, earned same season (2000) as one of his two NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards 1 – Safety, recorded in 1999 2 – Super Bowl rings (XXXV and XLVII) 4 – Career touchdowns, including the postseason 5 – Seasons that Lewis led the NFL in tackles 7 – NFL first-team All-Pro...

  • As legends often do, Ravens' Ray Lewis changed the way NFL middle linebackers play

    As legends often do, Ravens' Ray Lewis changed the way NFL middle linebackers play

    There were some doubts about Ray Lewis going into the 1996 NFL draft. As a result, more than two dozen teams passed on the University of Miami linebacker. Even in the draft-night war room of the NFL’s newest franchise, the Ravens, one of Lewis’ biggest deficiencies — his height — had crept into...

Ray Lewis influenced powerful people beyond football, from Michael Phelps to Kevin Plank
  • A look back at Ray Lewis' final game

    A look back at Ray Lewis' final game

    There was a power outage at Super Bowl XLVII, and not just when the Louisiana Superdome’s lights blacked out for 30 minutes shortly after halftime. Ray Lewis’ last NFL game, a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, was not his best. He made seven tackles, his lowest total during the postseason...

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