The Ravens will induct former running back Jamal Lewis into their Ring of Honor at M&T Bank Stadium on Sept. 27.
Lewis, the franchises all-time rushing leader, will be honored in a pregame ceremony before the Ravens play the Cleveland Browns in a nationally televised Thursday night game.
The Ravens havent made an official announcement, but radio station WNST broke the news after seeing Lewis picture on the ticket for the game.
Lewis joined the Ravens as their No. 1 draft pick (fifth overall) in 2000 and rushed for 7,801 yards in six seasons with the team, gaining a franchise-record 2,066 yards in 2003, when he was named the NFLs Offensive Player of the Year. He retired after the 2009 season after playing three seasons with the Browns.
Lewis will join running back Earnest Byner, former owner Art Modell, defensive end Michael McCrary, linebacker Peter Boulware, offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, kicker Matt Stover and eight members of the Baltimore Colts in the Ring of Honor.
Over his entire career with the Ravens and Browns, Lewis rushed for 10,607 yards and 58 touchdowns. He surpassed 1,000 yards in seven of his nine seasons.
On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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