Originally written on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 1/3/13

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on in the first half against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Since Ray Lewis announced his pending retirement yesterday, the Ravens have been all over the news. Bill Belichick hurled praise at the 17-year linebacker yesterday and today was Tom Brady's turn.CSNNE:"He was -- he still is an incredible player and a competitor," said the Patriots' quarterback before Thursday's practice. "Like I said, I know so many people that have said so many things about him, in terms of guys that have played with him. They can probably speak to him the best. But it was a privilege to play against him."Brady was reminded of a quarterback sneak in Lewis' face that went for a touchdown in last year's AFC Championship game, in which he dove up and over to the ground before Lewis could stuff him at the goal line."I always enjoy beating the Ravens," said Brady. "So, yeah, anytime I can beat those guys. They got us once this year. There's nobody that's played that position better than him."So, in context it was much more of a sign of respect than the trash talk that ...
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