So for the folks who are skeptical or just annoyed, let me ask you a question. Is your team still playing? I live in the New England area and all I have heard this week is how phony the act of Ray Lewis is and how he should not be celebrated because of an incident involving some sort of murder cover up. A crime that he was he never charged with, the he only thing that he was suppose to have done was not cooperating with the police and obstructing justice, which is a serious deal when it involves a murder. Ray Lewis’s friends were also acquitted for the crime. I do not know what Ray Lewis knows or doesn’t know, but I do know since this incident Lewis has been a model citizen, a mentor, a friend, a brother, and a person heavily involved in his communities in Miami and Baltimore.
Usually this story gets worse and goes downhill from the unfortunate incident that transpired on Jan. 31, 2000. Athletes usually can’t shake the stigma and find themselves frequently having various issues with law enforcement. Not Ray Lewis. In April of 2011, Ray Lewis reached out to a 10 year old boy who survived his mom’s suicide, when she drove her van into the Hudson River killing herself and 3 La’Shaun Armstrong’s siblings. Lewis immediately reached out to help and has continually help Armstrong to this day.
Lewis has programs that reaches out to at risk youths of Baltimore with his foundation named after the linebacker. Lewis remembers growing up poor and from humble beginnings and for those reasons and circumstances fuels him to give back and provide activities so kids can stay away from the temptations you can get involved in on the streets.
You can’t take away from the Ravens linebacker career. Lewis has had over 2000 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 19 forced fumbles and fumbles recovered, 31 interceptions, and 3 touchdowns over his illustrious 17 year career. So beyond the dancing and bravado, there has been nothing but production. He has shown up and plugged into the emotional current of his team and has got the best out each of them. Take LB Adalius Thomas, when he played alongside Lewis he was a disruptive force and after he never quite the same. He left for a big money deal in New England and was terribly disappointing. Adalius Thomas never had any season close to the production he experienced playing alongside Ray Lewis.
Last Season w/Ray Lewis
16 83 64 19 11.0 0 1 0 1 17
Best season w/ out Lewis
16 78 57 21 6.5 2 0 0 1 65
**Adalius Thomas was known as a relentless pass rusher.
So say what you want about the guy and what you think of the antics or his bravado. The results are the same. His team feeds off his passion and energy. In a quarterback driven league Ray Lewis drives the bus for his team. So hate on Ray, and he will just smile and quote scripture, roll your eyes about the dance and Lewis will just lead, and be up in arms over the talking and Lewis will keep on bringing his joy to the football field and play this game he loves so dear.
Here are the 10 best Ray Lewis quotes – courtesy of rollingout.com
10. “Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort? Nobody can judge that. Because effort is between you and you.”
9. “You’ve got to go out and show them that I’m a different creature now, then I was five minutes ago, cause I’m pissed off for greatness. Cause if you ain’t pissed off for greatness, that just means you’re okay with being mediocre.”
8. “Don’t waste talent. No matter what you do, don’t waste talent.”
7. “The greatest opportunity in the world is found here today… We already know what yesterday has got for us. It’s already gone. Tomorrow, too far away. What about right now!”
6. “I prepare so no one can take what is mine, no one can replace my mind, my heart.”
5. “I figured something out. And it is no secret what I figured out. Whatever the majority of people were doing, I found myself doing the opposite. I wanted to chase something great.”
4. “I ride my bicycle all the time. There’s one thing about my bicycle. I’m riding, I’m riding, I’m riding. And no matter how tired I start to get, it’s never about this pedal I’m pedaling, it’s about the next pedal, and if you can get to that next one, your bike will keep moving.”+
3. “You gotta be hungry for it. You’ve got to put everything you got on it. Everything! Every second. You have to be the first one in line. That’s how leaders are born.”
2. “Do whatever you got to do to make sure you chase your legacy every second of your life.”
1. Are my dawgs in the house? Where my dawgs at?
Dude is entertaining!
One last ride… Go out with your signature dance, the unbridled passionate scream, and play your heart out. There is no doubt that Ray Lewis will lead his team and leave everything he has on the field.
What will you Remember most about Ray Lewis?
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