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Lewis wanted to run Browns

By Marla Published: September 24, 2010

Running back Jamal Lewis may have worn a Browns uniform last season, but he told Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston he will be rooting for the Baltimore Ravens Sunday when his two former teams meet.

''Ravens, that's my team,'' Lewis told Preston.

Forced to retire due to post-concussion symptoms, Lewis said he's still working out and weighs 250, 10 p0unds over his playing weight. Now 31, he told the Sun he still thinks about about a comeback and keeps track of teams needing running backs.

Before he left Cleveland, Lewis told the Sun he approached Browns owner Randy Lerner with the idea of him buying 5 percent of the team and running it, but Lerner declined. Presumably that was before Lerner hired president Mike Holmgren in December.

"I loved playing in Cleveland, I loved the fans," Lewis told the Sun. "The facilities were great, and I just couldn't figure out what was wrong with the franchise. Randy is a good owner, and he makes sure you have everything. But at the top, things need to be tightened up. Structure starts at the top, and trickles down."

Living in Atlanta, Lewis won't attend Sunday's game in Baltimore, but said he will be back on Oct. 24 when the Ravens celebrate the 10th anniversary of their Super Bowl championship.

''It will be great for me to come back to Baltimore. The Ravens will always be my team," he said.

Here's the link to Preston's article.,0,6316701.column?page=1&track=rss



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