As Ray Lewis prepares to take his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, teammates, coaches, opponents, family and members of the media reflect on the legacy of the legendary Ravens linebacker with their favorite memories and never-before-heard stories.
As told to Glenn Clark
Brent Harris covered the Ravens from 1996-2016 for WMDT (Salisbury, Md.), WBFF and Comcast SportsNet.
There were several times when I was around Ray more one-on-one. We were at training camp when my daughter was, I believe, only 5 years old, and she had a friend with her. Ray came all the way over, put her in the golf cart, and they went off to the other side of the field, just the three of them. They threw a football around, hung out. I thought he’d come over and say hi. Next thing I know, my daughter spent probably 20, 30 minutes with him. And that’s not my experience, but it’s something she’ll remember forever. It was just incredible. Just that personal side is probably something that I’ll always remember and cherish just from a standpoint of how kind he was, not just to me, but to the family.
Right after they won the Super Bowl in New Orleans, which was sort of tabbed “Ray Lewis’ Last Ride,” we waited while he did all these interviews. He was on with ESPN, the NFL Network. We did all our interviews in the locker room, and I come out and Ray’s just finishing up his last interview at ESPN. And they have a golf cart there to get him from the field out to where the buses were. And I said, “Ray.” He’s the only person I hadn’t really gotten a chance to talk to. And he said, “Come on.”
We jumped in the golf cart, and we did about a three-, four-minute interview while the golf cart went from the set of ESPN to the buses. It was his last interview of the night, and to me, it really sort of brought together “the last ride.” It literally was Ray’s last ride off the field. I’m on the golf cart with him, and it was one of the best three or four minutes. After winning the Super Bowl, the end of his career, all of that and the emotion — plus he had just answered questions for probably two hours — and he answered my questions like it was the only interview he ever did.
I’ll always look back at it and remember that moment when his career came to an end and they held a Super Bowl trophy up and it was “Ray’s Last Ride,” and I happened to be right there for it.
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