Ray Lewis said he recently called and spoke with the family of George Floyd, whose brutal death has led to sleepless nights for Lewis.

During his 17-year career, teammates learned to expect words of inspiration from the Hall of Fame linebacker during his fiery speeches.

But it has been difficult for Lewis to deal with the senseless nature of Floyd’s death that has sparked nationwide protests.

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During a virtual interview with University of Maryland, Baltimore Interim President Dr. Bruce Jarrell, Lewis said he called Floyd’s family to offer support and comfort.

But Lewis is having trouble finding comfort himself, and during portions of the interview there were tears in his eyes.

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