Baltimore Ravens' Ray Lewis Won't Be Forgotten

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Baltimore Ravens' Ray Lewis Won't Be Forgotten
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — In an era obsessed with legacy, Ray Lewis’s will be a complex one. Long before he announced he would retire after 17 seasons as the fire-breathing identity of the Baltimore Ravens, he was a member of an exclusive fraternity that defined the linebacker position: Nitschke, Singletary, Lambert, Butkus, and Taylor as his only real company. His brand of intensity, a jolting mix of primal intimidation and joyful aggression, could be read as both genuine love for the game and self-aggrandizing bluster.

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