Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is scheduled to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend.
Lewis, a Florida native, spent 17 years in the NFL and the fruits of his labor will be rewarded on Saturday with the ultimate prize.
Ralin Lewis, a rising Wootton High School senior, is among those who plan to be in attendance at his father’s induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio.
“I’m proud to see that my father finally made it after all his years of hard work,” said the 17-year-old. “It’s just great.”
Ralin Lewis, a defensive back, spent the past week and a half in Boca Raton, Florida training for the upcoming season with his father “in the sand just running every day and [working out in] the weight room.”
“It was very intense,” said Ralin Lewis. “It wasn’t easy at all.”
Ralin said he will join his five siblings including brothers Ray, Rahsaan and Rayshad along with sisters Diaymon and Raven at the ceremony in Canton.
“It’s just going to be great,” he said. “We always have a great time together. There’s never really a down moment. We always have fun.”
Former Good Counsel standout Stefon Diggs has signed a five-year extension with the Minnesota Vikings.
Diggs, who once played youth football for the Montgomery Village Sports Association, has inked a deal that will keep him in Minnesota through the 2023 campaign.
The new deal is valued at $72 million plus an additional $9 million in incentives according to a source. Diggs, who won an ESPY Award for his role in the “Minneapolis Miracle,” is scheduled to make $1.9 million this season and received a $15 million signing bonus.
Diggs, a former University of Maryland wide receiver, is now one of the NFL’s Top 10 highest-paid players at his position.
“What I most like is he loves football and loves to come and work,” said new Vikings signal-caller Kirk Cousins, “because as a quarterback it can be miserable if you’re out here with someone who is here to just get a paycheck and leave. He wants to work.”
Diggs, a fifth-round selection by the Vikings in the 2015 NFL Draft, became the fastest Viking player to register 200 receptions, surpassing a mark set by Percy Harvin who recorded 218 receptions from 2009-11.
It took Harvin 42 games to reach 200 receptions but Diggs has amassed that total in just 40 regular season contests.
The Minnesota Twins have traded former Bethesda Big Train shortstop Brian Dozier to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Dozier, a Mississippi native, was swapped in exchange for Logan Forsythe and two minor leaguers. In 2006, Dozier batted .258 with 31 hits in 33 games as a shortstop for the Big Train. He made his major league debut with the Twins in 2012 and three years later became the first Big Train player to appear in a major league All-Star Game.
Former Montrose Christian standout Justin Anderson has been traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Atlanta Hawks. Anderson, a 6-foot-6 swingman, was part of a three-team trade that also involved the Oklahoma City Thunder. Anderson, who was selected 21st overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2015 NBA Draft, will join a Hawks franchise that’s on the rise.
“I think it will give Justin a really nice opportunity to play with a team that’s young and rebuilding,” said former Montrose Christian head coach Stu Vetter. “I think Justin will look forward to it and have that opportunity to be part of a young and athletic team.”
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