Lewis donates jersey to Hall of Fame

10/09/2003

 

By Adam H. Beasley, Baltimoreravens.com
Special to Profootballhof.com

 PHOTO GALLERY: Lewis presents jersey to Hall of Fame

In his record-breaking game against the Browns last month, Jamal Lewis ran all the way to Canton.

Lewis set the NFL single-game rushing record by rolling through Cleveland for 295 yards on 30 carries. With such an accomplishment comes scores of accolades. Thursday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame came calling.

Joe Horrigan, a vice president of the Hall of Fame, formally accepted Lewis’ jersey that he wore in the Browns game. The world-renowned museum will prominently display the shirt and detail his now legendary performance.

“It is always a pleasure to be a part of history and we appreciate you sharing it with us, the Hall of Fame,” Horrigan said. “Hopefully, [someday] you can come and see your bronze bust by your jersey.”

Lewis can go visit his jersey any time he wants. Horrigan presented Lewis with a lifetime pass to the Hall and a sweatshirt with the shrine’s logo.

 
The record jersey was promptly displayed at the Hall of Fame by Jason Aikens, collections coordinator (left) and Chad Reese, information services specialist.
“It is great to be put into the realm of a lot of great players in the past,” said Lewis, who leads the league with 611 rushing yards. “To have my jersey put up into the Hall of Fame, I think that is somewhere every player wants to be, like the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl.”

By breaking the record, formerly held by the Bengals’ Corey Dillon (278 yards), Lewis entered some rarified air. Past record holders include Hall of Fame inductees Walter Payton (275) and O.J. Simpson (273).

Lewis also has a chance of parlaying the best game in NFL history into the greatest rushing season ever. In 1984, Eric Dickerson totaled a record-setting 2,105 yards, but with the start Lewis has gotten, the fourth-year back could get close.

Lewis would have to average 124.6 yards per game the rest of the season to break Dickerson’s mark – a lofty, but not impossible, goal.

“I don’t know yet,” Lewis said of breaking the record. “I have to take it game by game, just put one foot in front of the other. Just let them add up.”

Jamal Lewis rushes for 295 yards!

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Other Mementos from the Baltimore Ravens in the Hall of Fame's collection
 
The Hall of Fame has collected numerous items related to the Baltimore Ravens franchise.  The majority of these mementos are housed in the Hall's archives.  Currently, there are three other artifacts on exhibit in addition to Jamal Lewis's jersey.
 
 Ray Lewis's jersey that he wore in Super Bowl XXXV when he was named MVP of the game.

 A Super Bowl XXXV game used football autographed by Ray Lewis.

 Waterford Crystal trophy commemorating the Ravens' win over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.

Some of the other Ravens mementos in the Hall's collection include:

 The jersey worn by tight end Shannon Sharpe on November 18, 2001 when he surpassed Ozzie Newsome as the NFL's all-time leading receiver among tight ends.

 Football used on the final play of the last pro football game played in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium.

 The pants, shirt, and vest worn by Ravens head coach Brian Billick during Super Bowl XXXV.

 

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