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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 Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
With an expertly timed delayed blitz late in the first quarter Sunday, Ravens rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley shot through a gap in the Indianapolis Colts' offensive line. As quarterback Andrew Luck wound up, Mosley crushed him, popping the football into the air and into the arms of defensive tackle Haloti Ngata for an interception. It wasn't the only impactful play the first-round draft pick and reigning Butkus Award winner delivered during the Ravens' 20-13 road loss Sunday.
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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 David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
If you are wondering how fallout from the Ray Rice elevator attack might affect the Ravens image, check out this "Saturday Night Live" skit depicting the team as criminals. The Carolina Panthers, the team the Ravens play Sunday, was satirized in the same way last night, as well as the NFL and CBS Sports Jim Nantz and Phil Simms for their handling of the scandal. It's disingenuous for SNL to be mocking CBS and not its own NBC Sports, which has the biggest NFL show on TV in "Sunday Night Football.
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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 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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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
In his appearance this morning on ESPN 's NFL Countdown, former linebacker Ray Lewis defended Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and general manager Ozzie Newsome, but he added that the organization probably would like a do-over in its handling of the Ray Rice fallout. "I've known Ozzie Newsome now over 19 years over my career. That's half of my life. I've known Steve Bisciotti over 15 years of my life. And each one of those men, bottom line, has never lied to me once," an emotional Lewis said.
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September 18, 2014
As a 92-year-old great grandmother, I have this to say about the Ray Rice situation: Ray Lewis gets a statue. Ray Rice gets the shaft. While it is impossible to ignore the detestable action caught on videotape, the outrage and vitriol seem more a product of our vicious social media-driven culture than an honest reaction to a grievous event. These media people put a flock of vultures to shame. What happened to Ray Rice is more about PR damage control - and money - for the NFL and for the Ravens than about a measured response to an admittedly horrific act. What about redemption?
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
For the second time since a graphic video surfaced of former Ravens running back Ray Rice punching Janay Rice in a casino elevator, retired linebacker and ESPN NFL analyst Ray Lewis has commented on the domestic-violence incident. Rice's $35 million contract was terminated by the Ravens on Monday. He has been indefinitely suspended by the NFL. "This is a tragic situation what Ray Rice did was inexcusable," Lewis said Sunday morning on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. "There's no room in our world for what we've seen.
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September 11, 2014
I was most confused by the letter writer who seemed to object to the statue of Ravens legend Ray Lewis being given equal status to the one of Johnny Unitas ( "Statue of Ray Lewis is disgraceful," Sept. 8). After all, as the writer observed, Ray Lewis was found not guilty in a court of law. So what's the problem here? It's not like the Ravens put up a statue of Michael Vick, who was actually found guilty of a crime and has been "rehabilitated. " Yet this letter writer still chooses to be "outraged.
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September 11, 2014
I was amazed to see WBAL-TV interviewing Ray Lewis regarding the release of the TMZ video about Ray Rice's actions in the elevator ( "Ray Lewis weighs in on Ray Rice situation, calls it 'night and day' to his past legal problems," Sept 8). Are we to take away from this that obfuscating and obstructing justice regarding the murder of two men is not as bad as making a horrible mistake in judgment and punching the woman you love? Shame on WBAL-TV for not finding an upstanding former teammate to comment on the Ray Rice situation and his release from the team.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
When the first video of Ray Rice dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator like a slab of meat appeared, I thought, "God bless TMZ. " With TMZ's release of video today showing him punching Janay Palmer twice and knocking her to the floor, I say, God bless TMZ again and again. You can read what I wrote in February here under the headline: "Ray Rice and how TMZ counters the great American hype machine. " TMZ did the job the mainstream sports media failed to do in showing us the ugliness of this incident.
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September 11, 2014
I was amazed to see WBAL-TV interviewing Ray Lewis regarding the release of the TMZ video about Ray Rice's actions in the elevator ( "Ray Lewis weighs in on Ray Rice situation, calls it 'night and day' to his past legal problems," Sept 8). Are we to take away from this that obfuscating and obstructing justice regarding the murder of two men is not as bad as making a horrible mistake in judgment and punching the woman you love? Shame on WBAL-TV for not finding an upstanding former teammate to comment on the Ray Rice situation and his release from the team.
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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 Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis spoke to the team before practice broke Friday afternoon, a day after his statue was unveiled outside M&T Bank Stadium “It was very profound,” Harbaugh said. “It was about team and what you sacrifice to accomplish things, and what happens when you look back.” Harbaugh said the players who have joined the team since Lewis retired after the 2012 Super Bowl season were particularly excited to meet him and hear what he had to say. He walked off the field with undrafted rookie inside linebacker Zachary Orr. For veterans and Lewis' friends and former teammates, though, it wasn't big news to simply have him around.
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By Mike Preston | September 4, 2014
NFL Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe was a close friend of Ray Lewis when they played together in Baltimore. Sharpe was invited to attend Thursday morning's unveiling of the Lewis statue outside of M&T Bank Stadium but couldn't attend. However, Sharpe said he spoke to Lewis a couple of weeks ago. "When they put up a statue of a person that speaks volumes," said Sharpe on Thursday via phone. "It speaks about that person's impact on the community not just as a player but as a person.
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