Reporting Derek Valcourt
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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — What a day for the Ravens. Sunday’s football game was one of the most emotional Baltimore has ever seen and Ray Lewis was the big star who played his last home game.
To top it off, the Ravens beat the Colts 24-9.
Derek Valcourt has more on the game fans won’t ever forget.
Fans are sad to see him go, but happy that the victory means they’ll get to watch him in action one more time next week.
The playoffs are big, but to Ravens fans, Ray Lewis is even bigger.
“I wasn’t coming and then he announced it was his last home game and here I am,” said Paul Sabella.
Fans packed into the stadium to watch Ray take the field one final time as always with his signature entrance.
With 17 years leading Ravens defense, Ray’s been playing before some fans were born. He even converted Canadian Nick Robinson.
“The first football game I ever watched was in 2009, something like that. I saw Ray do his dance and ever since then I’ve been in love with the Ravens,” said Robinson.
Loved as much for his tackles as his moves off the field, his departure is bittersweet. It is leaving some fans emotional.
“I started crying, especially at the end, definitely,” said Paul Kriewald. “Because he’s been here from the beginning and he is the team.”
“Outstanding, just fantastic. Great representative of the game, the city, the team, everything,” said Mike Robinson.
“I think he’s done his time and he’ll forever be a legend in this town,” said one fan.
“He is the face of the Ravens. He is the inspiration for our team,” said Kelly McFadden.
While Ray won’t get to play at M&T Bank Stadium again, fans look forward to next week’s match-up against the Denver Broncos and hope Ray will once again work his magic.
“I wanna see Ray be able to go all the way to New Orleans and finish his career and get him a Super Bowl ring,” said Paul Guntzel.
With any remaining games on the road, most Ravens fans, except for the lucky few, will have to watch Ray in action on their TVs.