By any means necessary is a phrase Ray Lewis comes back to when he talks about playing defense in the NFL, particularly when applied to the Ravens defense. He used it again as part of a rant against the replacement referees calling a personal foul on Ed Reed on Sunday.
Reed nailed Patriots receiver Deion Branch in the head. The Ravens safety didnt execute a helmet-to-helmet hit, and you can argue that maybe Branch ducked down and put his head in the way of Reeds shoulder, but the NFL has been quite clear that it doesnt want players hitting other players in the head. And this play definitely falls into the defenseless receiver category.
You have to believe that Reed would have been flagged by the regular officials, too. But Lewis doesnt see it that way.
Speaking to 105.7 The Fan, he said: He turned his head to the side and clearly hit him with his shoulder pad. Those things cannot affect the way this game is played. And then the saddest part about it is when you hear other people say, Oh, those are the rules. For real? Thats not the rules. The rules of this game is, Do whatever you got to do, by any means necessary.
Well chalk that one up to Lewis emotion. Hes obviously a smarter football player than that.
(HT to Pro Football Talk.)
NOTE: Those with a sense of history will recognize by any means necessary as famously coming from Malcolm X, as in this quote: Our objective is complete freedom, justice and equality by any means necessary.
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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