Lewis a 'father figure' to Rice

Ray Rice with linebacker Ray Lewis (52) August 3, 2012, at Ravens practice at the team's...

Ray Rice with linebacker Ray Lewis (52) August 3, 2012, at Ravens practice at the team's headquarters and practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. (QMI Agency/JOHN KRYK)

John Kryk, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:53 PM ET

OWINGS MILLS, MD. - Every day, Ray Lewis and Ray Rice walk out onto the practice field together, side by side.

Lewis — the 17-year veteran linebacker extraordinaire — means that much to Rice.

"That's my big bro, mentor, father figure — he's everything in one," Rice told me Friday, before the Baltimore Ravens' afternoon practice.

"My locker is here, his is there. I need to pick his brain? I go right there. When you have that kind of wisdom by your side, you've got to try to be a sponge every time he says something. I don't care if it's a joke, I try to copy that joke — and tell it later on down the line."

Lewis turned heads on the Ravens when he showed up at camp slimmer. Rice said Lewis is down to 240 pounds, from 250-255.

"People who think that's going to take away from his physicality? Yeah, try him. That man is strong.

"He's reached that plateau. He has what you call 'grown-man strength.' Shake his hand and you'll understand."

We'll take your word for it, Ray.


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