Reporting Mark Viviano
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A special tribute to one of the greatest sports figures in Baltimore history.
Mark Viviano has more on the induction of Ray Lewis into the Ravens’ Ring of Honor.
All the sports world will get a chance to honor Ray Lewis when he’s inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in five years. But Sunday was Baltimore’s day for Ray.
About 70,000 fans packed the house where Ray Lewis entertained the masses in a brilliant career. Now in his first season of retirement, Ray is back home for his induction into the Ravens’ Ring of Honor.
A halftime ceremony was held during the game against Houston, filled with memories and more applause for a 17-year career played entirely in Baltimore.
Ray Lewis is considered the greatest middle linebacker in NFL history, a standout figure in the city’s history.
“For 17 years, I gave everything I had. I left it all on the field. Thank you,” Lewis said.
Lewis was applauded and did his own cheerleading, too, in a suit on the sidelines, whooping it up in a Ravens victory over the Texans.
It was an ideal setting and outcome on a day that he’s honored.
“The love that’s out there in that stadium and the love that this city has for me and the respect that these players have for me, it’s overwhelming,” Lewis said.
Just six other Ravens players have been immortalized in the Ring of Honor at M&T Bank Stadium.