Though Patrick Queen's career in Baltimore is just getting started, he already has a reputation to uphold. Not his, but the linebackers who came before him.
Over the years in Baltimore, the position has been manned by some of the best in the game, including Ray Lewis. Queen understands the responsibility he has to carry on the tradition, and following the Ravens' 38-6 Week 1 win over the Browns, he paid homage to Lewis with his postgame attire.
Queen explained that the shirt was a way to show his admiration for what Lewis did for the franchise and the defense and his desire to continue to bring that type of play to the field.
“It’s all about respect. Just growing up, Ravens defense meant physical, Ray Lewis really set the picture for me for the Ravens defense. Just giving him the respect I’m wearing his shirt and letting him know that I respect his game and I respect what he did for this organization," Queen said. "I’m just trying to follow in the same footsteps.”
In his debut, Queen did his best to keep that promise. Recording his first career sack and a forced fumble, he played a large role in Baltimore's defensive dominance over a Cleveland team that had plenty of weapons.