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Ray Lewis Memories: Brian Billick

June 20, 2018

As Ray Lewis prepares to take his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, teammates, coaches, opponents, family and members of the media reflect on the legacy of the legendary Ravens linebacker with their favorite memories and never-before-heard stories.

Brian Billick
As told to Bo Smolka

We [had already recorded four shutouts in 2000, and] we were going for the shutout record [against the Browns Nov. 26].  ... Cleveland was terrible, and they were playing at our place. They went 86 yards on the opening drive to score, and my guys were stunned. 

They come off the field, and I go over there, going to do my coaching thing, and Ray looked at me, respectfully, and said, "Don't say a word. I got it."

... We gave up 86 yards that first drive, we gave up 122 yards total on the day. Unbelievable performance. 

(The Ravens won, 44-7.)

To read all 52 memories of No. 52, visit

Ray Lewis (multi, Journey To Canton, HOF issue)

Photo Credit: Sabina Moran/PressBox 

Issue 245: June/July 2018