Over the weekend, Owens told reporters that Lewis was "not the hardest hitter
that ever played the game of football," and claimed he wasn't "going to shy away
from my style of play vs. his style of play," when the teams meet in the
preseason Aug. 20 and Oct. 31 during the regular season in Philadelphia.
"I never proclaimed to be the hardest hitter," Lewis told CBS Sportsline on Monday. "Second and foremost, tell T.O. to keep my name out of his mouth. I don't care nothing about this guy. Why does he need me to make his reputation?
"Tell him I'm tired of that. I play football. And, sooner or later, no matter how much he talks about what he's not scared to do, he still has to line up and play football."
Owens caught three passes for 23 yards when the San Francisco 49ers lost to the Ravens last season, which safety Ed Reed pointed out to the Internet site.
"T.O. is just another guy," Reed said. "Everybody is boosting up T.O., but I don't know what he did."
"It's not like he won the Super Bowl or anything like that. T.O. is a nobody. We shut him down: three for 23 yards. He's nothing."
Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times