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Ray Lewis Memories: Kelly Gregg

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.

Kelly Gregg
As told to Glenn Clark

Former nose tackle Kelly Gregg played for the Ravens from 2001-2010, recording 19.5 sacks and keeping offensive linemen away from Ray Lewis.

The way he would play and the way he would come out, he'd try to start working on guys early. That was our main thing, if we could keep offensive linemen off Ray, he would clean everybody up. 

If a running back came through, and Ray lit him up, that next time he comes through, he's looking to get down, get that Ray Lewis flu. Or any receiver coming across the middle, Ray really didn't care about trying to break up the pass or anything. 

That first lick he would try to put on them, and you know, sometimes some of his hits would change the outcome of games more than the big turnover or something. Guys would always be looking for No. 52.

I think it was Rex [Ryan] or somebody, who said, "Oh, that was a little of that flu, you know those guys coming across that middle, get them alligator arms, looking to get down." That was great. You'd get young guys and they'd turn it down when they see ol' 52 in there. 

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