In terrible news, my favorite NFL player, Ray Lewis suffered a season ending and possibly career ending injury during Sunday nights game against the Cowboys. The wildly popular player for the Baltimore Ravens and formerly of the University of Miami Hurricanes is known for his relentless passion both on the field, off the field and in the locker room. Lewis said in previous interviews that when his oldest son, Ray Lewis Jr. goes to college, he will be on the side line with him for every game. Well, his oldest son will be attending his Alma mater, the University of Miami next year on a full football scholarship. So, it’s not unlikely that he was planning on retiring soon anyway to make sure he can be at those games.
Here’s the story according to Yahoo!
Lewis is gone for the season, his 17th in the NFL. The bad news came on Monday, courtesy of an MRI on torn triceps.
At his age, it could be the end of a legendary and dominating Hall of Fame career, the ferocious middle linebacker of a generation. That decision, which would be as chilling as it is sudden, is still to come.
Thirteen Pro Bowl selections, 10 All-Pro nods, two NFL defensive player of the year awards, a Super Bowl MVP, nearly 1,600 career solo tackles and 41½ career sacks is what the résumé reads. Yet Lewis meant more than that. His legacy will come from his presence, his essence, his leadership and his ability to lift teammates and drop opponents at the same time.
Lewis is a larger-than-life figure, even in a big-ego world of the NFL. The way he carries himself, preaches, dresses and, most important, brings intensity to every task – be it an offseason workout, a late-game stand or a midweek meeting – rubs off on all.
His younger teammates – who grew up watching him, even listening to the speeches on his regular “mic’d up” TV sessions – were often in awe. He was the relentlessly positive force that preached the team, the team, the team.
But gone is the heart and soul, the big talking, bigger hitting legend; the prototype middle linebacker that didn’t just deliver sacks and wins but defined the franchise’s soul for all these years.
Ray Lewis is gone for the year, gone maybe forever, and whether it’s in the middle of a key possession or those emotional moments in a pre-game, championship game tunnel, there isn’t any way to replace everything he brought to the Ravens.
Sad news…but what an extraordinary career. Good luck Ray!
Source/Photos: Yahoo!, NFL