Ray Lewis: I’ll be back

Ray Lewis

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was placed on injured reserve this week, with the “designated to return” tag.

Based on his triceps injury, no one expects Lewis to return for this season. His future in the NFL remains uncertain. While he hasn’t publicly indicated his plans for possibly returning, it sounds like he’s already leaning strongly in one direction.
It’s not made explicit by Ngata whether Lewis was talking about next year or this year, but it is believed Lewis is an extreme long shot to return to the field in 2012. NFL Network’s Deion Sanders, who played with Lewis in Baltimore, also said Thursday night he can’t imagine Lewis retiring after this injury.”I believe and (Ray) believes that he’ll be back,” Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata told NFL Network’s Melissa Stark in an interview that will air Sunday morning on “First on the Field.” “And just knowing him, just talking to him a day ago, just saying, ‘I’ll be back, don’t worry,’ and just once he said that, I already knew that I had faith that he’ll come back and tell me where to go and push me around.”
It’s early in the process, but it sounds like those around Lewis believe we haven’t seen the last of him in the NFL. Read more…

Ray Lewis: Baltimore Ravens player profile

Ray Lewis

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Ray Lewis the middle linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens defense. The name Ray Lewis has struck fear in opposing offense’s for the last 17 years. He is undoubtedly a first ballot Hall of Famer. While technically his career isn’t over, his latest injury may end his career. A torn triceps muscle is something that can be recovered from, but the fact that Ray is in his 17th year it may be a career ending injury for many reasons. One reason is that Ray Lewis will be 39 next year and no matter how much he wants to continue, you wonder how much more his body can take. Another reason is his teammate Ed reed may retire this year and Ray might not want to go another year with Ed playing behind him in the secondary. The last reason and the most important I think is that he wants to watch his son play college ball. His son who is committed to the University of Miami will start playing next year and the pull of watching his son play might be enough to pull him away from the game. It’s hard to imagine an NFL without Ray Lewis, but it may be time to realize that it could become a reality quicker than we would like. If he does retire at the end of this year then we know that we have seen without question the greatest defensive player to ever play the game. His dominance of his position and knowledge of the game is unmatched by any defensive player you can think of. His leadership is what stands out the most, a leader of men is the definition of Ray Lewis. Read More…

Derek Jeter, Ray Lewis, bar brawls and Band-Aids: How the aging process affects us all

I strained my shoulder the other night breaking up a bar fight.  Normally, we have security when drunken customers switch over to the dark side but none of them happened to be around at the time.  Besides, I’ve seen Roadhouse like forty times, so I’m good.

At 44 years of age, I should probably give up trying to step in the middle of things.  Chalk it up to natural instinct.  Despite the bum shoulder, however, I won’t be missing any playing time.

The same cannot be said for Derek Jeter and Ray Lewis, who both recently sustained season-ending injuries, Lewis with a torn triceps and Jeter with a broken ankle.  Both men are their teams’ emotional leaders, both are first ballot Hall-of-Famers and both can now be found in the training room nursing their injuries, their teams’ chances of success without them dwindled considerably, if not out the window altogether.

Not only have the Ravens and Yankees been dealt huge blows with these two out, but so have sports fans everywhere as both Lewis and Jeter are among the most enjoyable players in their respective sports to watch and that’s coming from a life-long Yankee-hater.

As expected, ESPN has already begun eulogizing their careers, asking pointless questions such as “Which player is more of a loss to his team,” as if that’s something one can measure but to quote Derek Zoolander, I’m not a good eugoogolizer.  If it’s one thing I know from watching these two over the years, it’s that they’ll both be back.

At 38, Jeter led the league in hits this year (216).  He ranks 11th all-time in that category and if he repeats that same success next year, he’ll land himself in the top five behind only Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Stan Musial.  Not bad company if you can get it. Read more…

Ray Lewis critical of replacement officials

Ray Lewis

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco wasn’t the only member of the team to sound off on the absence of the locked-out officials after Sunday’s loss to the Eagles.  Linebacker Ray Lewis did the same.

“[T]he game is played the way the game is played, but there’s some serious calls the refs missed,” Lewis said in the locker room, via WNST.net.  “And that’s just the way it is, man, all around the league.  And that, for our league to be what it is, we have to correct that.  Because these games are critical.  And guys are giving everything they got all across the league, but there are calls that the regular refs, if they were here, we know the way calls would be made.  For the conversations to be had the way they had on the sidelines saying ‘If the real refs were here, that could would have been made.’  That shouldn’t happen.  That shouldn’t be the case around the league.  But it is.  And we have to deal with it.”

Lewis then complained specifically about a decision to reverse a call on the field that Eagles quarterback Mike Vick had fumbled the ball when trying to throw it.  And that’s where Lewis undermined his broader point, because it’s clear that Vick was trying to throw the ball.  Indeed, he was able to flick his wrist and put a partial spiral on the supposed fumble. Read more…