NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ray Lewis certainly knows adulation from a city. 

Thursday evening before he chatted with Eddie George at an intimate off-the-record event, he chatted with The Midday 180 in an inteview we broadcast Friday.EddieRay

The beloved Baltimore linebacker talked about the size of the reminder George will get Sunday about judst how beloved he is in Nashville.

"I’ve always said there are certain people that will forever be connected to certain cities," he said. "I knew where he started from. I knew what the whole roller coaster ride was all about. To see him finish it, to see how he is appreciated in this city is very close to the feelings that I have in Baltimore.

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"It’s a forever family that’s never going nowhere. I think he’s going to feel an emotion on Sunday that’s unlike any emotion that he’s ever felt in his career. It’s a really hard thing to grasp how much people still love you. There’s no such thing as 'I stopped loving you.'

apple icon 114x114 precomposed"No, the love just grows. That’s why I think Sunday he’s going to feel that, and he’s going to feel even more of that when they talk about (Steve) McNair, and McNair’s jersey retiring (too). Going in with those two guys and understanding that we lost a real brother... this is the way we will remember him. I think he’ll get emotional, too.

"I know I would if I was there, and I may get emotional when I’m not there. I became very close with that guy. For Eddie, it’s all gonna soak in. I think he’s really gonna see what this place really thinks about him."

Lewis and George were central to some amazing Ravens-Titans battles when the two franchises were esablishing identities in their formatives years and clashing twice a year in the AFC Central. They became good friends quickly and it's grown substantially in retirement.

You can hear the whole interview here.

 

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