Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will enter into the Pro Football Hall of Fame players like few others have before him.
His daughter will present him at the enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 4.
Lewis announced Wednesday that his oldest daughter, Diaymon, will handle the honors. Only five daughters have previously served as presenters, according to the Hall of Fame.
“It’s someone that I trust with my legacy, even after I’m gone,” Lewis said in an interview with the Hall of Fame website. “She’s a female me. She’s driven, inspirational and wired right.”
It didn’t come as surprise to Diaymon that she will present her father inside Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
“When I called her, I said, ‘Daddy wants to ask you something,'” Lewis said. “You would’ve thought she already knew. She said, ‘OK, what are we doing it on?'”
.@Ravens great @raylewis has chosen his daughter Diaymon Lewis to serve as his presenter when he is enshrined this August. Only 5 daughters have previously served as presenters (Jerry Kramer also recently named his daughter Alicia as his presenter). #PFHOF18 pic.twitter.com/I5BMwBNP1E
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Lewis remembers the time when he drove his daughter to college, which was a three-hour trip from Boca Raton, Florida, to Orlando. She asked him what she should know about life and typed what he said into her phone.
Many of those lessons were incorporated in the draft for the Hall of Fame induction.
“You can’t read it as a father without getting emotional because she remembers everything I taught her from a child,” Lewis said.