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Ravens' Lewis Trailed by 2 Legacies

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Ray Lewis is the greatest linebacker to play the game since Lawrence Taylor, and if Taylor is the all-time gold standard, Lewis stands just a half step below him.

He was the catalyst of the Baltimore Ravens' first Super Bowl victory in 2001, the leader and key element of one of the most dominant defences in the history of the National Football League (consider that those Ravens won that championship with Trent Dilfer at quarterback …). Lewis is famous for his face paint, for his flamboyant entrances, for his fiery pre-game speeches, for his out-front espousal of religious faith. In sports shorthand, he is what a rah-rah leader is...

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