Lord of the ring, Ray Lewis intends to add a second with Ravens

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, a 13-time Pro Bowler and seven-time first-team All-Pro, has been synonymous with Baltimore's rugged defense since entering the NFL in 1996. He wants another ring before he retires. (Associated Press)Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, a 13-time Pro Bowler and seven-time first-team All-Pro, has been synonymous with Baltimore’s rugged defense since entering the NFL in 1996. He wants another ring before he retires. (Associated Press)
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“It’s like he preaches these moments don’t come by too often, and you have to embrace every moment that you have with this team,” Rice said. “Every team that I’ve been on has been different. Guys come and go, but this opportunity is different. It’s been a great ride, and it just feels like the story has to continue.”

Safety Bernard Pollard said Lewis told him that it wasn’t until late in that 2000 season that those outside the locker room began to believe Baltimore could win a Super Bowl.

“They were underdogs every single game,” Pollard said. “I think fighting, knowing and understanding what’s at stake, and after winning a Super Bowl and feeling the confetti dropping down on you, you can’t explain it. That’s a feeling you want to take and share with your grandkids, share it with people. There are guys that play in this league for many years and never get a chance to sniff a Super Bowl.”

It was a surprise for the Ravens to reach the AFC Championship in 2008 on the heels of a 5-11 season that saw coach Brian Billick ousted. This time, it’s different, as the Ravens have wrestled with sizeable expectations throughout the season.

“I truly believe that an experienced team will outweigh a talented team any day,” Lewis said. “That’s what we have now. We have total experience on what it’s supposed to feel like, what you’re supposed to do to prepare and what the mentality is going into it. I think our confidence is definitely very high just because we have been through those bumps and bruises.”

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