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January 27, 2013
"Saturday Night Live" tapped into excitement over the Super Bowl and the amusement over Ray Lewis' exuberance during the Weekend Update segment. Kenan Thompson appeared in jersey and face paint as Lewis, whom host Seth Meyers interviewed. The highlight came with Thompson's promise that, upon winning the Super Bowl, he would kneel down on the 50-yeard line and ASCEND INTO HEAVEN. Thompson: Whooh! Oh, Seth. Meyers: So, Ray, are you excited for the big game? Thompson: Aaah.
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By Ryan Bacic, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
The event at the Under Armour campus in Baltimore played out like a fashion show and felt like a pep rally - replete with a standing-room-only crowd, bass-pumping music, thundersticks, Ravens cheerleaders and dance moves by mascot Poe. The end result, though, was all charity. With one athlete from each team acting as a model, Under Armour and the Ravens on Wednesday revealed the new uniforms they're donating to the varsity football and girls basketball programs of all 24 Baltimore public high schools.
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January 11, 2013
I totally agree with letter writer Bruce R. Knauff's complaint about the excessive coverage of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis ("Enough about Ray Lewis," Jan. 8). We are sick of hearing about Ray Lewis.  Why do you need a sports page if you continue to put sports stories on the front page? Rachel Miller Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
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By Jeff Zrebiec | July 28, 2014
Setting the scene The Ravens' first of two open practices at M&T Bank Stadium started just before 7 p.m. on a warm and breezy night. The Ravens announced the crowd at 28,323, though some headed for the exits when it started to rain with about 45 minutes remaining in the practice. Head coach John Harbaugh halted practice , and an autograph session followed. Close call Second-year safety Matt Elam intercepted Joe Flacco and his reward was a much too close encounter with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti . In fact, Elam had to veer out of bounds on his return to avoid colliding with the golf cart Bisciotti was driving.
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January 9, 2013
I think it spoke to the true essence of the man that Ray Lewis has become that after the playoff game against Indianapolis, the last game he would play at M&T Stadium after a hugely successful 17-year run with the Baltimore Ravens that (after completing his on-field victory dance) he peeled off his No. 52 jersey when it was time to address the media ("Ray's Day," Jan. 7). Knowing that thousands of people would be tuned in to hear the words of this icon on this important day in sports history, Ray chose not to be seen as the awesome Ravens player that he is, but rather as a soldier of God. The black t-shirt he wore simply said "Psalms 91" but his words spoke of "giving all the glory to God" and how "God is just amazing.
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February 4, 2013
I've had enough of the Ray Lewis drivel in your newspaper ("Lewis' stronger denial should help," Jan. 31). It's bad enough to take up so much space in the Sports section but when his big mug is plastered on the front page, well that's quite overdoing it for me. The front page should be for more important news of the world instead of another overpaid athlete. Everyone is putting him on a pedestal like he's a god of some sort. Apparently, they have forgotten his involvement in the stabbing deaths of two innocent victims a while back.
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By Matt Vensel | December 14, 2011
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who has missed the past four games with a toe injury, returned to practice on Wednesday. Lewis hadn't practiced since the week leading up to the 16-6 win over the San Francisco 49ers. As Lewis walked out onto the practice field and pulled his purple No. 9 practice jersey -- worn in honor of the late Steve McNair -- over his gray hooded sweatshirt, his teammates clapped and cat-called the 36-year-old. Before Wednesday's practice, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that if Lewis wasn't able to practice this week, he wouldn't automatically be ruled out for Sunday night's game against the San Diego Chargers.
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January 27, 2013
The Sun should apologize to Ray Lewis and be more concerned with his behavior now rather than that unfortunate incident in Atlanta involving a murder ("Ray Lewis, the 'life we learn with' and the 'life we live with after that,'" Jan. 15). Mr. Lewis' good points include his stellar play on the field, his personal appeal to fans and the numerous charitable things he has done. He has been done a great injustice by your article. Joseph F. Palmisano, Ocean Pines Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2013
When the Ravens made Ray Lewis their second-ever draft pick, they knew they were getting a highly productive player from the talent-rich University of Miami. What they could not have known was that Lewis would become perhaps the greatest middle linebacker in history and one of the faces of his NFL generation. Through 17 seasons of controversy and excellence, Lewis' Baltimore ride has never been boring: 1996 On April 20, the Ravens select Lewis with their second pick in the first round of the NFL draft, 26th overall.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2013
1 - Player in NFL history with at least 40 career sacks and 30 career interceptions 1 - Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award (SB XXXV) 2 - NFL Defensive Player of the Year Awards (2000 and 2003) 2 - Super Bowl appearances (XXXV and XLVII) 4 - Career touchdowns, including postseason 5 - Seasons in which Lewis led the NFL in tackles 7 - Career 20-tackle games 10 - First-team or second-team All-Pro honors, tied for the most among linebackers 11 - Seasons with at least 150 tackles 13 - Pro Bowl selections, the most by a linebacker in NFL history 17 - Years with the Ravens, making him the longest-tenured NFL defensive player with his original team 25 - Players selected ahead of Lewis in the 1996 draft, including Ravens left tackle Jonathan Ogden 25 - His franchise record for tackles in a game (Sept.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2014
Daryl Smith just smiled and shrugged off the question. Asked recently about being the replacement last year for iconic Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis, Smith stayed true to his low-key personality. He doesn't focus on such comparisons, instead directing his attention to the coming season. The Ravens are scheduled to hold their first full-team practice of training camp July 24. "I never really did think about it until [Lewis] was brought up in a setting like this," Smith said after the Ravens' final minicamp practice in June.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Mike Klingaman | May 10, 2014
C.J. Mosley was exhausted, the day's events clearly taking a toll. The walk down the red carpet and into Radio City Music Hall was more unsettling than anything he did during the tedious pre-draft process. The two-plus-hour stay in the green room, waiting to hear his name called and for his lifelong dream to be realized, seemed endless. The holding up of a Ravens jersey spurred a mixture of emotions, from relief to satisfaction. It was nearing midnight Thursday when Mosley returned to his New York City hotel room and found something lying on his bed. A No. 32 T-shirt - a number he wore in honor of his late friend Robert Hardy - included pictures of Mosley and Hardy on it. "We'll keep him with us the whole way through.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
An ESPN producer pledged to Sports Illustrated earlier this week that former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' contribution to the network's NFL draft coverage tonight will be similar to his playing career: Lewis will be, if nothing else, incredibly well prepared. “This guy was a film junkie as a player,” senior coordinating producer Seth Markman told SI.com's Richard Deitsch earlier this week . “I don't care about Ray calling people around the league,” he said. “I want his opinion on guys as he watches tape.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis used his platform as an ESPN NFL analyst Thursday night to give his blessing to the team's first-round draft pick, linebacker C.J. Mosley of Alabama. “This is a leader at the position of linebacker,” Lewis said during the ESPN broadcast of the man who could be his heir in the middle of the Baltimore defense. “I left there a couple years ago, but when you watch this kid play football, his instinct is what impresses me the most. He's very patient with his feet, he stays in the pocket and when he gets there ... he's actually a reader.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
Retired Ravens star middle linebacker Ray Lewis and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are scheduled to attend Ravens senior advisor of player development O.J. Brigance's family fun run Saturday morning in Canton. The Brigance Brigade 5.7K event at Canton Waterfront Park features a timed 5.7K run, a 1-mile run-walk and a kids' fun run. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. Besides Lewis and Rawlings-Blake, Ravens Pro Bowl offensive guard Marshal Yanda, team president Dick Cass and actor Josh Charles are also confirmed to attend.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
In his 20-plus minute interview this afternoon with The Baltimore Sun, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti defended Ray Rice and Joe Flacco and expressed confidence that his team will return to the playoffs. But he also used the opportunity to reveal two decisions that the organization has made behind the scenes. Bisciotti said that he gave head coach John Harbaugh a one-year contract extension following the Ravens' 2013 season in which they finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
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By Sloane Brown and For The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2012
Some consider Baltimore Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis, 37, an artist on the football field. But that's only one area where he expresses himself. You'll find creativity in how he presents himself -- he designs most of his suits -- and the world he sees around him in his photography -- both of which were on display at Maryland Art Place's "LUX" Gala. "The Sun Diaries" is a group of five photos Lewis took of his favorite subject, the sun. "My art really symbolizes something that man doesn't control.
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February 7, 2013
I am not a big football fan and certainly not a Baltimore Ravens fan, but I did notice, during both playoff and Super Bowl performances, how Ray Lewis would have his hand over his heart and sing along with the national anthem. He was also, unashamedly, crying. From reading, I understand Mr. Lewis is deeply religious. I can't help but think that Mr. Lewis is very thankful that he was born and raised in the greatest country in the world, was able to attend free public schools, and excel at his chosen line of work!
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Sports Digest | March 7, 2014
Football Ray Lewis on ballot for College Football Hall of Fame 2014 class Retired Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis is on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014. Lewis was a consensus All-American at Miami and was a runner-up for the Butkus Award, presented to the top college linebacker. He was a two-time All-Big East Conference selection who ranks sixth all-time in school history with 388 career tackles. The class will be announced in May and then honored by the National Football Foundation on Dec. 9 in New York.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
While wrapping up their Super Bowl coverage this week, the folks over at Pro Football Focus put together an interesting post with an all-star team of their highest-graded playoff performers over the past six seasons. Three Ravens players made the squad, but it may surprise you which three players they were. Former Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis had their highest single-postseason grade at his position, but it was not in 2012, when the Ravens won the Super Bowl during his final ride in the NFL. No, Lewis made it for his fine performance in 2008, when he had 29 tackles for two forced fumbles in three playoff games.
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