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    NFL players Cheap Marlon Humphrey Jersey , the stage at the Hall of Fame inductions often turns into a political platform. It certainly did Saturday night.Ray Lewis did so with his words, and Randy Moss with his tie.There even were political tones with a different target 600 miles away during Terrell Owens' speech at his personal celebration of entering the pro football shrine.Lewis was a man on the prowl as he concluded proceedings in Canton, just as he was on the field as the greatest linebacker of his generation. He eschewed the lectern, wearing a cordless microphone for his 33-minute oratory focusing on "hope, faith and love," on "family, honor, legacy."And then on the division in this country."Our country needs real leaders," Lewis said. "We need people that are willing to step up and take action. We need people willing to fight for what is good and what is right."How do we react to challenges in our country right now? Think about this," he added, looking around at his fellow Hall of Famers. "We can go from being legends to building a legacy bigger than football http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/eric-weddle-jersey-cheap , bigger than sports. I want us to work together to really take on these challenges, to look at our goals and what unites us. Surely, there is something."While he never specifically mentioned anyone or any political party, Lewis delivered a message about unity that stretched far beyond the football field. It echoed the powerful speeches in recent years by LaDainian Tomlinson, Tony Dungy and Cris Carter."How about stopping our kids from dying in schools?" Lewis asked. "Can we please put prayer back in schools? Please. How about protecting our children from a terrifying life of being sex trafficked? How about helping our neighbors that can't afford their medicine?"How can we do this? How can we come together? The answer is simple. The answer is love. ... The love that sacrifices and is defined by action taken for others. The actions of stepping up and being a leader. It's no different than we all did to get here. We rose to the challenge, week after week for the love of the game and for the love of our team. That love just doesn't go away when we retire. It's still in us burning to be used."Yes, the loudest cheers during Lewis' time onstage came when he mentioned Baltimore or paid tribute to former teammates and coaches. But Lewis admitted to being hopeful that the words at the end of his speech would have a lasting impact.Instead of politicizing his speech, Moss wore a tie he said bore the names of 13 black men and women who have been killed by police in recent years. Late Saturday night, he explained his reasoning for wearing it to NFL Network."You see the names on my tie. Being able to use a big platform like this here at the Hall of Fame ... what I wanted to be able to express with my tie is to let these families know that they're not alone. I'm not here voicing; but by these names on my tie, at a big platform — it's the Pro Football Hall of Fame — there's a lot of stuff going on in our country. I just wanted to let these family members know that they're not alone."Owens was alone, not among Hall of Famers Youth Tavon Young Jersey , after making the unprecedented decision to skip the Canton inductions. He gave a bunch of reasons in Chattanooga, ranging from the process by which people get voted in to his being badmouthed unfairly — one Hall of Famer has called Owens "a cancer" — to being a groundbreaker for future hall candidates."It's not because of how many times it took for me to be voted to the hall," said Owens, who got in on his third try — the same as Joe Namath, Willie Lanier and Fran Tarkenton, for example. "It's about the mere fact that the sports writers are not in alignment with the mission and core values of the Hall of Fame."These writers disregarded the system, the criteria and bylaws in which guys are inducted, and ultimately the true meaning of the Hall of Fame and what it represents. I wanted to take a stand so the next guy coming after me will not have to go through what I and others have gone through. Whether it's three years or 45 years, you should get what you rightfully earned."One thing Owens apparently earned is the enmity of many men who own gold jackets. While they preferred not to speak on the record about his absence, a significant number in Canton said Owens might never be welcomed into their fraternity. BALTIMORE (AP) — The Ravens are making a serious playoff run behind fleet-footed rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, the key figure in Baltimore's rejuvenated ground game.Jackson picked apart the Tampa Bay defense on a soggy field Womens Marshal Yanda Jersey , running for 95 yards and throwing for 131 to carry the Ravens to a 20-12 victory Sunday.Anointed the starter over veteran Joe Flacco earlier in the week, Jackson justified the decision with a riveting performance. Slipping between and sliding around potential tacklers, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner operated the run-pass option in much the same fashion as during his glory days at Louisville. Jackson directed two drives that lasted more than seven minutes before closing out the game with a drive that consumed the final 7:08. He carried 18 times and completed 14 of 23 passes, one of them for a touchdown.Tampa Bay (5-9) isn't the first team to struggle to stop Jackson, and probably won't be the last."You've got everybody covered, but the play gets extended," Ravens coach John Harbaugh noted. "Lamar can throw on the run, or he can run. I just think that's a very valuable (talent) to have."Baltimore (8-6) is 4-1 since Jackson took over for the injured Flacco, the only loss in overtime at Kansas City. Jackson has rushed for 427 yards in those five games. The Ravens held the ball for more than 37 minutes compared to 22:50 for Tampa Bay."You've got to stay on the field on offense," Harbaugh said. "If you do that, you have a chance to generate some points."The Ravens amassed 242 yards rushing on 49 attempts. Gus Edwards finished with 104 Youth Ronnie Stanley Jersey , Kenneth Dixon contributed 48 and Jackson averaged 5.3 yards per rush — even though he took a knee for the final three plays inside the Tampa Bay 10."He makes you play 11-on-11 football instead of 11 on 10," Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said of Jackson, the 32nd overall pick in the NFL draft. "We had him wrapped up a couple of times and he squirted out of there and was able to extend plays."The loss eliminated Tampa Bay from playoff contention.Baltimore's second-ranked defense did its part, holding the Buccaneers to one touchdown and 241 yards. In the fourth quarter, Marlon Humphrey picked off Jameis Winston's pass and forced an incompletion on fourth down from the Baltimore 33 with 7 minutes left."It's very frustrating because we didn't execute," Bucs guard Ali Marpet said. "When you get chances to score and you don't take advantage of them, it makes it more frustrating."The Ravens went up 17-9 by opening the second half with a 78-yard drive that lasted nearly five minutes. Jackson extended the march with a 17-yard completion to Mark Andrews and peeled off a 22-yard run before Edwards scored on a 10-yard burst up the middle."I seen 'em coming," Jackson said of his pivotal run. "I just had to make a play, make a bad play good. It was a success."Baltimore then forced a punt, but return man Cyrus Jones inexplicably touched the bouncing ball. Tampa Bay recovered and turned the miscue into a field goal.Jackson answered with a 15-play drive that covered 38 yards and produced a field goal for a 20-12 lead.Baltimore squandered its first promising drive late in the first quarter when Jackson botched a handoff and the Bucs recovered the loose ball at their 49. A 23-yard pass to Mike Evans set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Peyton Barber.On the conversion, the wet football slithered through the hands of holder Bryan Anger.The Ravens responded with the kind of drive that showed why Harbaugh picked Jackson over Flacco Youth Maxx Williams Jersey , who's now healthy following a right hip injury. Jackson contributed 19 yards rushing to a 73-yard march that used 16 plays, lasted more than eight minutes and ended with a shovel pass from Jackson to Chris Moore, who scooted around right end for a 5-yard TD and a 7-6 lead.Winston then burned the Ravens with a third-and-20 scramble-and-launch 64-yard pass to Evans on a third-and-20 that produced a field goal.IT'S BEEN A WHILEBaltimore is the first team since the 1976 Steelers to rush for at least 190 yards in five straight games, according to the Ravens."Right now we've got a good thing going," Edwards said.INJURIESBucs: TE Alan Cross left with a shoulder injury in the second quarter and did not return.Ravens: OLB Matt Judon hurt his left knee in the third quarter but returned. … TE Nick Boyle left with a concussion.UP NEXTBucs: Final road game against Cowboys next Sunday. Dallas leads the series 14-4 (including playoffs).Ravens: Face Chargers on road Saturday night, first meeting between the teams on the West Coast since 2012.