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
Keon Lattimore is Ray Lewis’ brother. Lattimore grew up in Owings Mills, Md., went to Mount St. Joseph and was a running back at Maryland from 2004-2007.
Ray is the type of person, he’ll challenge you, but he wants you to work for it. So in high school — I think it was like my junior year — he promised me a car if I could get like 20 touchdowns. And I remember scoring like 28 touchdowns my junior year, and he gave me a Range Rover. There I am in a private school — and let’s be real, in private school, all those kids had cars — but still, though, I had to earn mine.
He didn’t just give it to me. I earned it, and he always made me strive to do better in whatever it was. He would always challenge you, whether it was sports, whether it was anything, he’s competitive. He makes people rise to that challenge, people around him. He always wants to see you growing and doing better, because that’s what he does.
At that age, you want to do well in sports to try to get a scholarship, to get to college and whatever. I always wanted to follow in his footsteps. But for me, we came from humble beginnings. You aren’t able to do things like that at a younger age, so it was even more motivation. Like, OK, a Range Rover. I didn’t even know what type of car I would get. I’m going to get a fancy car. It drove me even more, more so than me just wanting to follow in his footsteps, and I was already grounded as far as football — I was really serious about it. But when he presented that car to me, I was like, “I’m going to shatter that 20 touchdowns.” I ended up scoring 28 that season. So it meant a lot to me.
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