Yesterday, the football world was saddened with the news that one the greatest players on gridiron Ray Lewis announced his plans to retire after the conclusion of the 2013 NFL playoffs. Ray Ray started to see the end of his career when he tore his triceps against the Cowboys last November, but when platelet-rich plasma therapy didn’t go as expected; he would soon come to grips with his the end nearing.
He’s expected to play this Saturday as the Ravens host Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. Baltimore is obviously expected to be the favorite but this is definitely going to be the last game Ray Lewis is going to play at M&T Bank Stadium.
In 2000, the future hall of famer linebacker had been suspected of being involved in connections with a double murder in Atlanta after a Super Bowl party but he would later evade those chargers after negotiating a plea deal with a year of probation and a $250,000 fine, which was the most a NFL player ever received not involving substance abuse.
One year later, at the lowest point in his life, Lewis would soon get the crowning moment for his career leading the Baltimore Ravens to victory of the New York Giants at Super Bowl XXXV as he would get MVP honors. However, with his history and background, the signature “I’m going to Disney World!” phrase was given to QB Trent Dilfer instead to protect Disney’s image.
Lewis showed he had become a changed man not surrounding himself in bad environments with his play on the field along with being an emotional leader on and off the field for the Ravens consistently 12 years later.
Now at the age of 37 and his image warped around as the company that wanted to do with him after winning the MVP in 2001 as how now granted him a multi-year broadcasting deal for their ESPN channel.
Kudos to Disney for giving Ray a job on the network as we’ll surely miss the 13× Pro Bowler on the field every Sunday when next season starts.