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The news of Ray Lewis' latest injury was barely 24 hours old back in October when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stopped for a minute to talk about a man who had caused both joy and heartache in the league throughout 17 seasons.

"I love Ray," Goodell said as he reached into his pocket to get his cell phone and show the exchange of text messages he had earlier in the day with Lewis, who had suffered a torn triceps on Oct. 14 against the Cowboys. Goodell had checked in to see if Lewis was doing OK. Lewis, a man who scorns pity, gave a typically resounding reply of yes.

"I really do. I love the person he has become over his career and what he means to our league," Goodell said.

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