Newsome later watched the future Ravens first-round draft pick run roughshod over his beloved
And, as a precocious 21-year-old rookie nearly one year later, Lewis contributed 103 yards and one touchdown during the Ravens'
Now, Lewis will be inducted into the Ravens' Ring of Honor during a Sept. 27 game against the
"The reason why we were able to win the Super Bowl in 2000 was because of Jamal Lewis," Newsome said during a Monday press conference at the Ravens' training complex. "I think the reason we didn't win in 2001 was that Jamal got hurt and we weren't able to replace him."
"It will be a great feeling, probably a very emotional one," Lewis said. "I'm very honored, it's just a great deal and a good way to go out. I never thought 12 years ago that we would be doing this, but here it is and I take it all in deeply. This is where it all started. It was a lot of memories made here."
At a powerful 5-foot-11, 245 pounds, Lewis built a reputation for bulldozing tacklers and being fast enough to run away from the defense to finish runs as a home run hitter.
"My dad always told me: 'Be the hitter," Lewis said. "It's more of an intimidation factor. It feels good to hear a guy say that you were tough to play against and being able to grind it out and just not be stopped. That was pretty much my style, to run you over rather than run around you. I always felt that I was a defensive player playing on offense. I always ended up hanging around linebackers because I wasn't the finesse type of guy."
Lewis, 32, has dealt with off-field adversity, including serving four months in federal prison after pleading guilty in 2005 to a using a cellular phone to facilitate a cocaine deal.
Lewis filed for bankruptcy in Georgia in April.
The former NFL player was arrested and charged with child abandonment in August, describing the legal episode in a statement at the time as a misunderstanding rather than being an unfit parent.
Lewis is among the many former NFL players involved in pending concussion litigation against the league.
"Health-wise, doing pretty good, but I still feel a few old pains," Lewis said. "Due to the whole lawsuit issue, I really can't go too much into that. Those things are being worked out. I'm not getting up falling out of bed every morning, I can tell you that."
Outside linebackers improving
Following a rough season opener where they failed to set the edge consistently, outside linebackers
During a 24-23 loss at
"The outside 'backers played pretty well for the most part," Ravens coach
McClellan recorded a career-high six tackles, including two tackles for losses, a pass deflection and a fumble recovery.
"I think I played pretty good, better than what I did before," McClellan said. "I'm getting more comfortable. The game is starting to slow down for me now."
Upshaw started his first NFL game with veteran outside linebacker
The second-round draft pick from Alabama finished with a career-high six tackles, one for a loss.
"I think Courtney covered his ground," defensive end
Upshaw has 10 tackles and a half-sack through two games.
Upshaw reported to training camp at over 280 pounds and initially flunked the Ravens' conditioning test before passing it on the second try and dealt with a sprained right shoulder throughout August. He's now down to nearly 270 pounds and moving around better.
"He's on the way," Harbaugh said. "Courtney's not there yet, and he'll be the first to tell you that, but he's on the way for a young guy. A setback by the injury, and by the conditioning level coming in, but I'm looking forward to seeing how fast he progresses in the next couple of weeks. It's going to be interesting to see that."
Where McClellan, Upshaw and the entire front seven needed to do more was in pressuring Eagles quarterback
Vick had far too much time to operate, completing 23 of 32 passes for 371 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for a 94.7 passer rating as well as the game-winning touchdown run. He was only sacked twice, once by strong safety
Although Kruger said he'll definitely return Sunday night against the
"I feel I have, but it's all in the coaches' hands," Upshaw said. "I try to do what I do best every week."
Harbaugh noncommittal on Pollard
Although Pollard has already declared he'll play Sunday night against the New England Patriots despite a rib contusion, Harbaugh wasn't definitive on his status.
"We will see about Bernard," Harbaugh said. "He's got a little rib deal in there. It's just going to come down to him and how he can deal with that pain."
Too much ground surrendered
The Ravens surrendered extra yards after first contact, missing a higher amount of tackles against two elusive players in Vick and McCoy.
The Eagles rushed for 129 yards, gaining 3.1 yards per carry.
"It was a higher number of missed tackles, mostly due to the fact that's the way those guys run," Harbaugh said. "McCoy, he's going to be a make-you-miss guy. Against the Eagles, the missed tackles percentage on most teams is going to go up. Same token, I expect us to be a great tackling team. I expect us to be the best tackling defense in the NFL, and that's something that we've definitely got to chase."
Harbaugh declined to pour any more verbal gasoline on the Ravens' fiery disagreement with the replacement referees, who nullified