Jan 22, 2013, 11:10 AM EDT
It was a little more than 16 years ago that Ray Lewis got his first sack in the NFL. The Baltimore linebacker was a little-used rookie in 1996 — the Ravens first year of existence — when they took on host Indianapolis on Oct. 13.
Yep, that guy in the photo there is Jim Harbaugh, who was in his eighth NFL season, and would actually play for the Ravens two years later. Lewis recorded only 2.5 sacks in ’96, but one was in that game, and Harbaugh was the victim. The Colts won the game, 26-21.
Finally, a storyline to pursue that doesn’t involve the brother thing. From CBS Sports:
For his part, Harbaugh was asked earlier this month about being Lewis’ first victim. Harbaugh said he didn’t find out until recently, when his father told him.
“No, I didn’t know that. … My dad called me up and said he was in Baltimore and some of the writers there had mentioned it to him,” Harbaugh said.
“My legend grows. Ray Lewis’ first sack.”
No surprise that Harbaugh didn’t remember anything about it: he was sacked 36 times in 14 games that season, for 190 yards in losses. He also had 192 rushing yards that year … or, seven more yards than Colin Kaepernick rushed for in the playoff game against Green Bay.
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