Ray Lewis’ remarkable career was honored by his teammates with the Ravens’ Super Bowl run. The city of Baltimore threw its goodbye party at his final home game - a playoff win over Indianapolis - and the championship parade.
Now the organization will be immortalizing the future Hall of Fame linebacker by bestowing its highest honor, inducting him into the Ravens’ Ring of Honor on Sept. 22 during a Week 3 home game against the Houston Texans.
Scheduling it for that contest allows Lewis’ longtime teammate, and fellow Canton-bound defender Ed Reed to be in town with his new team. Something tells me Reed won’t go unnoticed by the team that day, so that might be one for ticket holders to circle on their calendars.
Lewis will become the seventh Ravens player to join the Ring of Honor, along with late owner Art Modell and eight Baltimore Colts. The other Ravens are running back Jamal Lewis (2012), kicker Matt Stover (2011), offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden (2008), linebacker Peter Boulware (2006), defensive end Michael McCrary (2004) and running back Earnest Byner (2001).
So after spending all 17 of his NFL seasons in Baltimore and winning two Super Bowls there, Lewis’ name will forever be included among the Ravens’ greats now that it won’t be seen on the back of a jersey on the M&T Bank Stadium turf.