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Ravens make earliest pick in 16 years

Posted on 28 April 2016 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — After months of anticipation, the Ravens finally made Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley their earliest pick in 16 years as the NFL draft got underway in Chicago on Thursday night.

General manager Ozzie Newsome began the draft with nine scheduled selections, including seven choices in the first 134 overall picks. Coming off their first losing season of the John Harbaugh era, the Ravens hope to continue their tradition of draft excellence in which they’ve selected 17 Pro Bowl players and 10 first-team All-Pro players over the last two decades.

Player personnel assistants Corey Krawiec and Patrick McDonough will represent the organization in Chicago while Newsome and the rest of the Ravens’ brass will be stationed at their Owings Mills headquarters.

The three-day event will continue with the second and third rounds on Friday evening and the final four rounds on Saturday afternoon. Teams will have 10 minutes to pick in the first round, seven in the second round, and five minutes for each pick in the final five rounds.

Below is a look at where the Ravens are scheduled to pick:

Round 1 (6th overall) — LT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
Round 2 (36th overall) —
Round 3 (70th overall) —
Round 4 (104th overall) —
Round 4 (130th overall) —
Round 4 (132nd overall compensatory) —
Round 4 (134th overall compensatory) —
Round 6 (182nd overall) —
Round 6 (209th overall compensatory) —

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Ravens “respect” Jamal Lewis’ decision to sell Super Bowl ring

Posted on 09 February 2015 by Luke Jones

A day after news broke of former Ravens running back Jamal Lewis’ Super Bowl XLVII ring being auctioned off for $50,820, the organization publicly offered their support to the franchise’s all-time leading rusher.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, the Ravens revealed the 35-year-old Ring of Honor member reached out to the organization regarding the matter. However, it is unclear whether Lewis talked to them before or after the ring was sold.

“Jamal Lewis informed us that he was forced to sell the Super Bowl XLVII ring due to financial difficulties,” the statement read. “We understand and respect his decision.”

Lewis was one of five Ring of Honor members to receive Super Bowl XLVII rings as a gift from owner Steve Bisciotti. The 2000 first-round pick filed for bankruptcy in 2012, less than three years after his NFL career came to an end.

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Former Ravens running back Lewis’ Super Bowl XLVII ring auctioned off

Posted on 08 February 2015 by Luke Jones

The Super Bowl XLVII ring given to former Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was sold in an auction for more than $50,000 on Sunday.

Despite the fact that Lewis didn’t play for the 2012 NFL champions, owner Steve Bisciotti chose to award Super Bowl rings to members of the Ravens Ring of Honor that also included Jonathan Ogden, Peter Boulware, Michael McCrary, and Matt Stover at the time. The owner may now think twice about that decision after Lewis sold the ring to a pawn shop before it went to auction, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

The ring ultimately sold for $50,820 after 15 total bids facilitated by Goldin Auctions. It is made of solid 10K white gold and contains 3.75 carats worth of diamonds.

Though it clearly isn’t a good look for Lewis to publicly sell what was a gift from the Baltimore owner, the 35-year-old’s financial difficulties have been no secret after he filed for bankruptcy in 2012. It might also be a sign that awarding Super Bowl rings to former players with no direct ties to the organization may not be the best idea.

It’s noble to want to recognize members of the Ring of Honor, but Bisciotti likely didn’t anticipate his gift being turned around and sold in such a short period of time. On the flip side, unless it’s someone like Harry Swayne or O.J. Brigance who currently owns another title within the organization, it would be tough for a former player — especially one who already owns a Super Bowl ring from his playing days — to view the ring with any special feelings.

Lewis played with the Ravens from 2000-2006 and remains the franchise’s all-time leading rusher.

 

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Former Ravens RB Lewis thinks Rice needs to take game to next level

Posted on 30 January 2014 by WNST Audio

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How does Rice fit into Ravens’ running game woes?

Posted on 16 October 2013 by Luke Jones

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Ravens running back Ray Rice knew nothing but success in the first five years of his NFL career.

With three Pro Bowl selections, over 5,000 rushing yards, and more than 2,700 receiving yards, the 26-year-old had firmly cemented his place as one of the league’s top running backs and appeared on schedule to easily supplant Jamal Lewis as the Ravens’ all-time leading rusher at some point late in the 2014 season. That’s what makes his start to the 2013 season that much more alarming as the Ravens figured to lean more on the running game after the offseason trade of wide receiver Anquan Boldin and the long-term hip injury suffered by tight end Dennis Pitta in the first week of training camp.

Baltimore ranks 27th in the league in rush offense with just 72.7 yards per game and is 31st of 32 teams with an anemic 2.7 yards per carry. Through the first six weeks of the season, Rice has managed just 197 yards on 71 carries and has averaged 2.8 yards per carry, 1.7 yards lower than his career average entering the season.

Labeling himself “a little frustrated” with the overall lack of production in the running game following Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Rice has run for no gain or negative yardage on 20 of his 71 carries this season. No one would blame him for being frustrated as he finds himself with a long run of 14 yards on the season and ranked 34th in the NFL in rushing as even three quarterbacks — Michael Vick, Russell Wilson, and Terrelle Pryor — have collected more yards on the ground than the 2008 second-round pick.

Once holding the undisputed title as the Ravens’ most explosive offensive weapon, Rice is now part of a running game on pace to shatter the franchise record for fewest yards per attempt average as the 2006 Ravens — a team that ironically finished with a franchise-best regular-season record of 13-3 — collected 3.4 yards per rush for the lowest mark in the team’s 18-year history.

“Ray has handled it as well as you can,” wide receiver Torrey Smith said. “Obviously, you’re going to be frustrated, especially when you’re him [and] you’re used to producing a certain way. He’s not putting himself above anything else. The biggest thing is that we haven’t been winning and we haven’t been doing as well as we wanted to on offense. It’s not necessarily about him and his own stats.”

Of course, no one would dispute the poor performance of the offensive line as the greatest cause for the running game woes — Rice and second-year backup Bernard Pierce are each averaging 2.8 yards per carry and aren’t finding any consistent room to run — but trying to evaluate just how well Rice is performing has been tricky this season. Before offering any potential criticism of Rice, it’s fair to acknowledge Pierce hasn’t fared any better after many wondered in the offseason if the Ravens should use more of a 50-50 split this year.

Any assessment of Rice’s play must acknowledge the left hip flexor strain he suffered in the Week 2 win over the Cleveland Browns, an injury that forced him to miss his first game since his rookie season when he was sidelined for three games with a shin injury. While not a serious injury by nature, a hip ailment would understandably hamper any shifty runner such as Rice who depends on lateral movement and the ability to change direction quickly.

Coach John Harbaugh deferred to Rice when asked how healthy his starting running back was — Rice wasn’t made available to the media on Wednesday — but it isn’t unfair to wonder how healthy the sixth-year back may be as the Ravens play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday before entering next week’s bye.

“He was banged up for a couple weeks, and this is really his first couple weeks back,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “Anytime you get a little banged up and aren’t 100 percent, you have to take a little bit of time before you can really expect to be back there and have full explosion.”

While the offensive line has faced the most scrutiny as its struggled to adapt to run-game coordinator Juan Castillo’s zone blocking schemes, Harbaugh has acknowledged the need for the running backs to show better vision in reading blocks and being more explosive in hitting their running lanes — no matter how small they might be.

Many observers have opined that both Rice and Pierce have appeared hesitant in hitting holes, pointing to examples over the first six weeks of the season where holes were missed or cutback opportunities weren’t taken when the offensive line managed to do its job effectively. Just like any other position on the field, a running back isn’t immune from losing confidence in not just the players around him but himself when the ground game isn’t clicking.

Lewis, one of only seven players in NFL history to run for over 2,000 yards in a season, recalled times in his career in which a lack of confidence in what was happening up front hindered his ability to make plays even when the running lanes were there. The Ravens’ Ring of Honor member saw his 5.3 yards per carry average in his 2003 Pro Bowl season drop nearly two full yards per attempt just two years later.

“I’ve had a few years where you were hesitant [and] not sure in your line’s ability in blocking this scheme,” Lewis told AM 1570 WNST on Tuesday. “Is your line too light for the scheme you are running? When you do that, and that sinks in, it’s a mental thing that can really hurt you. You’ll never get on track. It’s kind of feeling it out, dealing with it, finding a solution to the problem. But, you just can’t have the hesitation because there’s going to be wide-open holes and you’re going to miss [them]. It’s more of a ‘hit it where it’s supposed to go.’

“Look at Adrian Peterson. When he hits the hole, if it’s closed, he bounces off and he hits the next one. At the same time, this is the NFL, it closes up quickly. It’s not always a hole as wide as all daylight.”

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Former Ravens RB Lewis Says NFL Future Brighter After Concussion Suit

Posted on 03 September 2013 by WNST Audio

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NFL announces additional kickoff week events around Baltimore

Posted on 29 August 2013 by WNST Staff

NFL HOSTS KICKOFF EVENTS IN BALTIMORE TO CELEBRATE SUPER BOWL CHAMPION RAVENS & RETURN OF FOOTBALL

 

Events Will Take Place September 3-5

 

2013 NFL Kickoff will bring music, youth football, and a spirit of community to Baltimore as fans nationwide get Back To Football.

The following are opportunities for fans and media to take part in the Kickoff celebrations throughout Baltimore. Fans and media should visit www.nfl.com/kickoff and follow @NFL345 on Twitter for the most up-to-date Kickoff details. 

NFL KICKOFF CONCERT STAGE ARRIVAL

On Monday, September 2 at 6:00 a.m. the NFL Kickoff concert stage will be tugged into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor across from the Maryland Science Center. Media can capture the first shots of the stage that KEITH URBAN will perform on Thursday night as part of the unprecedented celebration for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

 

B-ROLL OPPORTUNITY: RAVENS LOGOS PAINTED ON YOUTH FIELD

On Monday, September 2 at 12:30 p.m., media can capture the iconic Baltimore Ravens logo being painted on the field that will be home to the NFL PLAY 60 Youth Football Festival at UTZ Field at Patterson Park.  Baltimore Ravens Director of Fields and Grounds DON FOLLETT will be on site along with executives from the NFL’s Creative Department.

 

NFL KICKOFF COMMUNITY LEGACY PROJECT

Former Ravens players JAMAL LEWIS and DUANE STARKS will join volunteers from the NFL, United Way and the National Dairy Council for a community service project at Hilton Elementary (3301 Carlisle Ave.) on Wednesday, September 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Baltimore Mayor STEPHANIE RAWLINGS-BLAKE will take part in the event at 11:30 a.m., followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony. Hilton Elementary was identified by the Ravens and the National Dairy Council for their successful participation in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.  Volunteers will transform the outdoor area behind the school adding a greenhouse and garden beds. In addition, a new active play space will be built to inspire creativity, learning and cooperation among students.

KICKOFF VILLAGE

The NFL Kickoff Village will be open to fans on Wednesday, September 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Thursday, September 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:15 p.m at McKeldin Square and the Harborplace Amphitheater. This fan zone is free and open to the public and brings fans closer to the NFL through sponsors’ activations and dynamic promotions. Sponsors include: Bridgestone, GMC, Pepsi, Snickers and Verizon. NFL Legends will be on hand both days to sign autographs for fans.

For more information including interview opportunities with NFL executives, contact Joanna Hunter (Joanna.hunter@nfl.com).

 

NFL PLAY 60 YOUTH FOOTBALL FESTIVAL

The NFL PLAY 60 Youth Football Festival will take place Wednesday, September 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Thursday, September 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Former Ravens players including Hall of Famer ROD WOODSON and JAMAL LEWIS, KYLE RICHARDSON, JAMIE SHARPER, DUANE STARKS and MATT STOVER will team up with more than 850 students from the area to celebrate the start of the NFL season at UTZ Field at Patterson Park (200 S Linwood Ave). Students will learn NFL FLAG drills and Heads Up Football skills from USA Football coaches and participate in activities with players. Children will also learn about hydration, helmet fitting, and concussion awareness. NFL PLAY 60 partners HOPSports, National Dairy Council and Under Armour will be on-site as part of their ongoing commitment to motivate youth and families to be active.

 

FULL CLINIC SCHEDULE: 

Wednesday, September 4

  • ·         Clinic #1 (12:00-1:00 P.M.): Matt Stover, Kyle Richardson
  • ·         Clinic #2 (1:00-2:00 P.M): Matt Stover, Kyle Richardson
  • ·         Clinic #3   (2:00-3:00 P.M.):  TBA

Thursday, April 25

  • ·         Clinic #1 (10:30-11:30 A.M.): Jamal Lewis
  • ·         Clinic #2 (11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M): Jamal Lewis
  • ·         Clinic #3   (1:00-2:00 P.M.): Duane Starks
  • ·         Clinic #4   (2:00-3:00 P.M.): Duane Starks
  • ·         Clinic #5   (4:30-5:00 P.M.): Jamie Sharper, Rod Woodson
  • ·         Clinic #6    (5:15-5:45 P.M.): Jamie Sharper, Rod Woodson
  • ·         Clinic #7    (6:00-6:30 P.M.): Jamie Sharper, Rod Woodson

 

UNDER ARMOUR | GE PRESS CONFERENCE ON HEAD HEALTH CHALLENGE II

The NFLGE and Under Armour will team up to kick off the second portion of the Head Health Challenge: Innovative Approaches for Identifying and Preventing Brain Injury on Wednesday, September 4 at 3:00 p.m. at Under Armour Global Headquarters (120 Hull Street, Baltimore). The event will include NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL, founder and CEO of Under Armour KEVIN PLANK, and SUE SIEGEL CEO of GE healthyimagination. BOOMER ESIASON will host the event, which also features CAL RIPKEN, JR.(MLB), LAVAR ARRINGTON (NFL) and STEELE STANWICK (Major League Lacrosse), and KELLY O’HARA (National Women’s Soccer League).

NFL BACK TO FOOTBALL RUN & PLAY 60 FUN RUN 

The special NFL Back To Football Run and NFL PLAY 60 Fun Run will take place Wednesday evening, Sept. 4 at M&T Bank Stadium. The Run Series invites fans to celebrate the return of football with a 5K starting at 7:00 p.m.; in addition, a half mile Play 60 Fun Run for youth fans begins at 6:00 p.m. (ages 6-12). Fans 5 and under can also participate in a run at 6:20 p.m. on the field.  The participants will experience the once in a lifetime chance to finish their race on the field of the very stadium where their Super Bowl champions play. Ravens cheerleaders and mascot Poe will be in attendance, and fans have an opportunity to receive autographs from Ravens alumni and take their photo with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Ravens alumni JAMAL LEWIS and KYLE RICHARDSON will be in attendance to help kick off the run and cheer on the runners.

Fans interested in participating in the run may sign up here: http://nflrunseries.com/ravens/. 

“NFL KICKOFF 2013 PRESENTED BY PEPSI” CONCERT

Grammy Award-winning singer KEITH URBAN will perform live, with activities beginning at 6:00 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, September 5 for “NFL KICKOFF 2013 PRESENTED BY PEPSI,” the NFL’s 11th anniversary Kickoff celebration to kick off the season and celebrate the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. The event is free and open to the public.   Urban will perform from a floating stage barge in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor adjacent to the Maryland Science Center. The event will include music, fireworks, a showing of “America’s Game: 2012 Baltimore Ravens,” and a water light show.

To ensure public safety and security, the following items are prohibited: weapons, alcohol, food, beverages, all glass containers, fireworks, all chairs, tents of any kind, barbecue grills of any kind, umbrellas, blankets of any kind, cameras with lens over 12”, obstructive signs and animals other than service animals.

All attendees are subject to search, and prohibited items may not be abandoned at security checkpoints. Please allow adequate time to pass through security checkpoints before activities begin.

Guests can enter the concert site at the Baltimore Visitor Center on Light Street at Conway Street or off of Key Highway between the Science Center and Rash Field.  The entrances will open to the public beginning at 6pm on Thursday, September 5.

Guests may view the concert from the general public viewing areas, which are adjacent to the Maryland Science Center and are directly in front of the stage. Access to the general public viewing areas is first come, first served. Guests also may enjoy the concert from West Shore Park and along the Inner Harbor promenade.

Guests planning to attend the event should follow @NFL345 on Twitter for the most up-to-date concert details.

Simulcast coverage of the 60-minute pregame show will air from 7:30 to 8:30 PM ET on NBC and NFL Network.  The show leads into the season opener between the Ravens and the Denver Broncos at Sport Authority Field at Mile High (NBC, NBCSports.com, Westwood One Radio Sports, 8:30 PM ET).

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Ravens gather to commemorate Super Bowl XLVII a final time

Posted on 08 June 2013 by Luke Jones

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The Super Bowl ring ceremony was quite the extravagant party in Owings Mills that served as a reunion for the 2012 Ravens as well as the final big celebration of the second championship in franchise history.

Yes, Baltimore’s home opener against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 15 will include the unveiling of a second Super Bowl championship banner, but that ceremony will be overshadowed by an actual game and won’t include those who’ve moved on to other organizations but were able to return to the team’s facility to receive their lavish Super Bowl rings.

Media access was limited at Friday night’s event as it was a party for members of the organization, but the Ravens provided an interesting foursome of players to speak to the media minutes after the rings were unveiled.

Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Joe Flacco, and Torrey Smith all stood at different stages of their career as they received their championship rings with the 38-year-old Lewis speaking to reporters first. Having retired after winning his second championship, Lewis spoke as a fatherly figure throughout the postseason and once again expressed his satisfaction over not only having the opportunity to go out on top but to see his teammates experience what it meant to be a champion.

“I always told them I wanted them to really feel what the confetti felt like. Now to be here, to have something that symbolizes it, it’s the ultimate because now it connects us forever,” said Lewis, who also wore his Super Bowl XXXV ring after receiving the Super Bowl XLVII one to wear on his opposite hand. “It took me 12 years to get back and get another ring. I want them to cherish what this moment feels like right now while we’re world champions.”

Flacco, the Super Bowl MVP, responded only how he could with the honest assessment of a gaudy ring that includes white gold and 243 round-cut diamonds. As Lewis pointed out, Flacco won a championship in his fifth season — like the linebacker did with the 2000 Ravens — and the championship surely provided validation in the minds of those who wondered whether he could lead Baltimore to a championship.

The quarterback admitted he probably won’t wear the ring, but it won’t be sitting locked up in his closet either.

“It’s kind of unwearable,” said Flacco, drawing laughter from reporters. “When I see people for the first time, I’m sure they’re going to have some interest in seeing it or at least I’m going to have some interest in showing it off to them. I’m definitely going to bring it a couple of places. I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m going to wear it, but it’s pretty special.”

Entering his third season, Smith represented the younger players on the roster fortunate enough not to wait long to taste Super Bowl glory in their NFL careers.

And the former University of Maryland product struggled to keep his eyes off the hardware as he spoke to media.

“I told you all what I was going to be like. I didn’t cry or anything, but I can see how women feel when they get a ring,” said Smith as he laughed. “It has a lot of different meanings. There will never be another season like this. We can win the Super Bowl every year while I’m in the league and there will be nothing like this one.”

The most intriguing of the four to speak was 11th-year linebacker Terrell Suggs, who finally earned the Super Bowl ring he’s dreamed about after starring on the vaunted Baltimore defense for a decade. While Lewis, Flacco, and future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed received most of the attention for different reasons, Suggs won his first championship after the most difficult season of his career in which he recovered from a torn Achilles tendon in late April and then played with a torn biceps for the final two months of the 2012 season.

Always one to provide a colorful quote and having the reputation of being the class clown of the Ravens locker room, Suggs’ sincerity in describing how he felt upon finally seeing his first piece of championship jewelry was the highlight of the brief session.

“To have it so close, it finally hit me what exactly we accomplished together,” said Suggs, who figured out his ring was hidden in front of him when he was discouraged from moving his seat at the beginning of the ceremony. “It didn’t take a year. It took me 11 years to get it. It took coach [John] Harbaugh from when he got here in 2008 — we’ve been chasing this. It finally paid off, all that blood given. There’s not a word that describes what I’m feeling right now and all the emotions.

“The journey was long, but it was worth it. But I will tell you this, I damn sure want to feel like this again.”

Owner Steve Bisciotti took care of former members of the organization by not only awarding Super Bowl rings to David and John Modell, the sons of the late owner Art Modell, but to the five members of the team’s Ring of Honor who played on the Super Bowl XXXV championship team. It appears Bisciotti is setting a precedent by giving rings to Jonathan Ogden, Peter Boulware, Michael McCrary, Matt Stover, and Jamal Lewis, but fellow Ring of Honor member Earnest Byner wasn’t included in that group.

Byner was the only member of the Ring of Honor to have played for the Ravens — the Hall of Fame members of the Baltimore Colts are also honored — who did not receive a ring, so it appears this is a subtle way of ignoring the former Browns, Redskins, and Ravens running back’s inclusion, which was never accepted by fans from the time Byner was inducted in 2001.

He was a favorite of the late Modell, but seeing Byner’s name listed among Ravens greats as well as the Hall of Fame Colts has always looked out of place.

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Former Ravens RB Lewis arrested in Georgia

Posted on 01 August 2012 by WNST Staff

JONESBORO, Ga. — Former NFL running back Jamal Lewis has been released from a Georgia jail after he was arrested for allegedly not paying child support.

Clayton County sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Brian Crisp says the 32-year-old Lewis was charged with child abandonment, a misdemeanor. Crisp says Lewis was released on bond shortly after midnight Wednesday.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Lewis was booked in the Clayton County jail around 11 p.m. Tuesday. An arrest warrant alleges that Lewis had no contact with his son for more than a year.

Lewis filed for bankruptcy in April, listing $14.5 million in assets and $10.6 million in debts.

Lewis retired in 2009 after nine seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. In 2003, Lewis ran for 2,066 yards – the second-highest total in NFL history.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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Ravens set to induct Jamal Lewis into Ring of Honor

Posted on 16 July 2012 by WNST Staff

Lost in the shuffle of Monday’s signing of current running back Ray Rice, the Ravens are honoring one of their former ones.

With Monday’s release of season tickets for the 2012 season, the Week 4 ticket revealed a nice little surprise for Ravens fans.

Hosting the Cleveland Browns in a Thursday night game on Sept. 27, the Ravens will induct former running back Jamal Lewis into their Ring of Honor at halftime.

Lewis spent seven years in Baltimore and was named to one Pro Bowl in 2003. Of the six seasons he played for the Ravens — Lewis missed the entire 2001 campaign with an ACL injury — he rushed for at least 1,000 yards in all but one season (2005).

The fifth overall pick of the 2000 draft, Lewis was a key piece of the Ravens’ Super Bowl XXV championship team and is the franchise’s all-time leading rusher with 7,801 career rushing yards.

In 2003, Lewis recorded one of the most memorable seasons in NFL history as he became the fifth member of the 2,000-rushing-yard club, galloping for a franchise-record 2,066 yards to join O.J. Simpson, Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders, and Terrell Davis in an exclusive group. In 2009, Tennessee running back Chris Johnson became the sixth member of the club.

In that same season, the massive back ran for 295 yards against the Cleveland Browns in a Week 2 win, setting an NFL record that would stand until Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson rushed for 296 in a 2007 game.

Those accomplishments would lead to Lewis being named the Associated Press 2003 Offensive Player of the Year.

Lewis left the Ravens after the 2006 season and played the final three years of his career with the Cleveland Browns but never found the same level of success as he had in his prime with Baltimore.

 

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