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.
Mind you, we were a brand new team. And there was some leadership that came with the Browns, but this guy had that persona about him that just commanded it. He didn't demand it -- there's a difference. His personality and the way he handled himself and the way he played commanded it. It was awesome to watch. I had never been around that in my life on a field where one of your players stands out dramatically above everyone with his ability to lead. And coming from me, that's a lot. I played 20 years. The second one would be Peyton Manning.
And we went to the playoffs that year. And that was because of him.
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Issue 245: June/July 2018