All Baltimore Ravens fans know the story of Ray Lewis and his final season. The veteran linebacker tore his triceps in October and it looked like his season and career was over. Instead, he incredibly managed to come back from the injury and lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl title in his final NFL season.
Incredible story, right? As it turns out, the story is even more incredible than that.
In a recent TED Talk at Valencia High School, Lewis revealed that he re-tore his triceps the night before the Super Bowl.
“I couldn’t tell nobody. I couldn’t go to the doctors. I couldn’t go to my teammates,” Lewis said. “What was I going to tell them? That I couldn’t play?”
It was believed Lewis' career was over when he suffered the initial tear in October so you can imagine how difficult it must have been to play through a new tear in the Super Bowl.Lewis said he had to tie a shoestring around his arm and tie it to the ceiling just so he could go to sleep that night. He then went on to record seven tackles in the Super Bowl the next day, four of which were solo tackles.
Say what you want about Lewis, but man the guy is tough.
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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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