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Ray Lewis nominated for 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class

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Ray Lewis nominated for 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class

It was announced Tuesday that former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2018 class.

Lewis, a first-year nominee, is one of 108 names on a ballot comprised of 53 offensive players, 38 defensive players, five special-team players and 12 coaches. Eleven of the 108 nominees are first-year eligible players.

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His nomination is just the first step in a multi-step process. The list of nominees will be cut down from 108 to 15, then 10 and finally to five finalists, where the Pro Football Hall of Fame committee votes "yes" or "no." The final five must receive 80 percent "yes" votes to be inducted into the 2018 class. 

Ray Lewis has become a face of the Baltimore Ravens organization.

Lewis played his entire 17-year career with the team after the Ravens drafted him 26th in the 1996 draft. During his 17 years, he won two Super Bowls, won Super Bowl XXXV MVP, was named to 13 Pro Bowls, a seven-time First-Team All-Pro, was a two-time Defensive Player of the year winner, won eight Defensive Player of the Week awards, played in 228 career games, made 1,336 tackles, had 41.5 sacks and 31 interceptions. Not to mention striking fear into every offensive player's heart.

The Ravens made his legacy official by erecting a statue of Lewis outside of M&T Bank Stadium in 2014, right next to Baltimore Colts' legendary quarterback Johnny Unitas.

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Other notable players nominated for the 2018 class include WR Randy Moss, LB Brian Urlacher and WR Donald Driver.

Since the nomination list was released, Lewis has been considered a shoo-in by many to become a top five nominee.

General Manager Ozzie Newsome had this to say when Lewis announced his retirement in 2012,

Ray Lewis will not only be remembered as one of the greatest to play his position, he will also be thought of as one of the greatest players in NFL history.

One thing that could deter the selection committee is Lewis's infamous past. Terrell Owens has been passed over before because of his personality.

In addition to the 108 modern-era nominees were 15 senior finalist. 

Players must be retired for five years before they can be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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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