navigation-background arrow-down-circle Reply Icon Show More Heart Delete Icon wiki-circle wiki-square wiki arrow-up-circle add-circle add-square add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up calendar-circle chat-bubble-2 chat-bubble check-circle check close contact-us credit-card drag menu email embed facebook-circle facebook-square facebook faq-circle faq film gear google-circle google-square google history home instagram-circle instagram-square instagram linkedin-circle linkedin-square linkedin load monitor Video Player Play Icon person pinterest-circle pinterest-square pinterest play readlist remove-circle remove-square remove search share sign-out star trailer trash twitter-circle twitter-square twitter youtube-circle youtube-square youtube

You have to have a valid membership to attend this event

You have to have a valid membership to attend this event

Ray Lewis Memories: Michael McCrary

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.

Michael McCrary
As told to Glenn Clark

Michael McCrary played defensive end for the Ravens from 1997-2002.

We played Tennessee in 2001. And obviously, the Titans were our main competition, so it was an extremely physical game. It was banging heads. It was on "Monday Night Football," and Tennessee ran a play, it was the last play of the game and somehow there was a penalty. And the refs said we're going to do the play over. There's zero time on the clock, and the ball was on like the 3-yard line or 2-yard line -- something crazy. And we were winning the game, but if they scored, they won the game. 

And I remember clearly the intensity of the moment. A lot of guys back there would be screaming and hollering, making all types of noise. But I remember clearly, we went in the huddle, Ray called the play and everybody looked at each other. Just these eyes, and Ray just looked at everybody with just intensity. There were no words that were spoken. 

I looked at Ray, our eyes connected. We just looked at each other and kind of slightly nodded, like we knew exactly what we had to do. And that's what was so amazing about it. You have a moment like that, there's so much intensity; everything is riding on one play. I think people dream to be in this situation where one play decides the game. And the Titans are right there. They've got Eddie George, a really good running back at the time, a power back. So 3 yards was nothing, especially with Steve McNair at quarterback; he was larger than I was. 

I'll never forget that moment, Ray and I looked at each other, and it was like you were able to communicate through your eyes. It was just a very special moment.

After we stopped them, the whole defense was insanity. And we busted the play on that play, but we were so good and we were so fast, other players were able to make up for it. It was just really special. And normally they would get that all day long. Maybe it was a yard, something insane because Tennessee was so powerful up front with McNair and Eddie George back there. So a lot of power, such a short distance to go, everything on the line. And the moment right before it happened, just to be able to communicate with no words was special. Never done that before like that. Never felt like that in a situation like that. 

It was a very special team. I feel blessed to be a part of a group like that. 

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