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Ravens Defensive Coordinators Share Ray Lewis Stories

August 2, 2018

Ray Lewis was coached by six different defensive coordinators during his 17 years with the Baltimore Ravens. 

In honor of Lewis' upcoming induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the former Ravens defensive coordinators share their favorite memories of the legendary linebacker.

Marvin Lewis

"I think that from the day we drafted him and he walked into the building in Owings Mills, Md., he was a leader. He was a guy who wasn't afraid to be out front." [Full Story]

Mike Nolan

"Ray's the only player that I have ever given the opportunity to shake off a call that I made during a game." [Full Story]

Rex Ryan

"He was smart, but the best thing about him was, great players make others around them better, and that was Ray Lewis." [Full Story]

Greg Mattison

"As a coach, I've always liked to communicate with my guys, like say, "Good job, take a step more to the left," or "Good job, come off the ball better," that kind of thing. I remember standing there watching Ray my first season, and there's nothing I could say."   [Full Story]

Chuck Pagano

"And Ray just said, "Hey, look" just like always, one of the most inspirational and passionate, straightforward perspective speeches that you've ever heard about life."  [Full Story]

Dean Pees

"So every week on Wednesday morning during the season, I would bring four guys into my office, and we would talk about the game plan and what we were going to do each week. And normally, those four guys were Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata, Ed Reed and Ray Lewis."  [Full Story]

To read all 52 memories of No. 52, visit

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

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