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After winning final game, “life really begins for Ray Lewis now”

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A jubilant Ray Lewis bounced to his post-game interview podium, yelling across the room to teammate Ray Rice, “Raymond, we did it.”

And while the Ravens linebacker has never shied away from attention, he said going out with a Super Bowl win before his retirement was a perfect ending to his personal story.

Hearing Lewis say, “Now I can speak about myself” without a trace of irony was interesting, as he has an uncanny knack for being in front of cameras just when he’s about to have an emotional moment.

But the impact his final game had on him was clear, as he exulted in being able to “ride off into the sunset.”

“Everything, the world, life now,” he replied when asked what was next. “My family, my sons, they really sacrificed for me, now I get the opportunity to sacrifice for them. To see their faces, to hear their comments, and know what’s in their hearts. Everything is coming now. The only thing that ends is football.

“Life really begins for Ray Lewis now.”

Lewis wasn’t the same kind of factor on the field this time through, but his emotional impact on the Ravens was clear this offseason, as players rushed to congratulate him, and share in a moment that couldn’t have been scripted more perfectly.

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55 Responses to “After winning final game, “life really begins for Ray Lewis now””
  1. lightcleric says: Feb 4, 2013 12:06 AM

    I think what he meant to say was “now I can speak about myself (without crying every two seconds)”.

  2. 4getu says: Feb 4, 2013 12:06 AM

    And let the hateful comments begin. Who’s first?

  3. rickrock6661982 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:07 AM

    The folks who are butthurt or simply hate Ray Lewis won’t like it…but I’m glad he turned his life around and went out like he did.

    Could have easily went the other way in life

  4. dv5454 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:09 AM

    “Life starts now, baby. This is life. Praise Jesus, wooooooooooo.”

    Ray Lewis is like an old Terry Tate commercial.

  5. thebigkahuna23 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:09 AM

    I just didn’t want to have to hear about Ray Ray and his last ride for the next 20 years.

    Congratulations to him, seriously.

    Just treat him fairly. Don’t let him brush of deer antler velvet spray and not even ask a second question.

  6. jtt183 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:09 AM

    One ring for each murder

    congrats ray ray!

  7. saynepsycho says: Feb 4, 2013 12:10 AM

    when has it not been about ray lewass

  8. philly4lyfe says: Feb 4, 2013 12:10 AM

    every time ray lewis opens his mouth I want to take a dump in it so he experiences the same feeling his words give my ears.

  9. jakec4 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:10 AM

    If Ray was the thing the Ravens needed to put them over the top, his inspiration will never be forgotten. With that said I’m excited for a new era of Ravens football without Ray Lewis always hogging the spotlight with the same schtick.

  10. djmcba says: Feb 4, 2013 12:12 AM

    Can’t decide who is more annoying- the writers on PFT who can’t write a single story without throwing jabs or thrusting their opinion in the article or all the “ray is a murderer people.”

  11. charger383 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:13 AM

    i wish him a nice quiet retirement

  12. footballhistorian says: Feb 4, 2013 12:14 AM

    I’d like to see Tiger Woods approach the first tee at his next event like @$$ clown, white suit losing Lewis. That would look pretty funny.

  13. rayray5227 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:15 AM

    All these people can say that Ray is using religion as a shield but the Ravens did just win a Superbowl…. Keep hating haters.

  14. rugdaniels says: Feb 4, 2013 12:18 AM

    As long as he rides off and doesn’t come back, I’m good. But something tell me the Ray Ray won’t be able to be without the spotlight for long, I’m sure he’ll be able to make the next Ravens season about him, regardless if he plays or not.

  15. cfballfan1 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:19 AM

    Congrats Ray-Ray. Now use the next chapter of your life to make a positive impact on others.

  16. kosmokenny says: Feb 4, 2013 12:20 AM

    Superdome decked out in purple and refs doing everything they could to ensure the outcome, youre damned right it was scripted.

  17. stoptrippn says: Feb 4, 2013 12:25 AM

    He’s a gimmick. I think urlacher is better

  18. smartanis says: Feb 4, 2013 12:27 AM

    “When God’s on your side…”

    God frequently sides with the guy holding the knife.

  19. mjl74 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:28 AM

    Finally! Not “real life” like majority of us fans earning below $100,000/year though.

  20. wtfchiefs says: Feb 4, 2013 12:30 AM

    Way to go Ray. 17 years of taking on blocks and running away from answers.

  21. sadskinsfan89 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:36 AM

    All i want is ravens fans to stop singing that white stripes song. It just never ends. Congratulations but just make it stop.

  22. vikesfansteve says: Feb 4, 2013 12:38 AM

    Has anyone become so hated in one week for the answers to questions than Ray Ray?

  23. spellingcops says: Feb 4, 2013 12:46 AM

    I hate ray Lewis.

  24. barbeaux says: Feb 4, 2013 1:00 AM

    What was with the laying on hands talk about jones. Was he alluding that God blessed jones through him? It was odd to hear. Biblically, laying on of hands is spiritual with the exception being healing.

  25. yousuxxors says: Feb 4, 2013 1:11 AM

    that man is crazy and i love it. so glad hes going out a champ like strahan. one of the best, the game wont be the same withoit him.

  26. qtraven says: Feb 4, 2013 1:17 AM

    Season ticket holder for the Ravens for many years. Ray has provided me and my family with awesome football since the beginning. Haters keep on hating, the sour grapes make the sweetest wine! Love you Ray!!

  27. bowmanj35 says: Feb 4, 2013 1:40 AM

    anyone that says he turned his life around is a blind raven fan. turned around from getting away with murder seems like it would be accepting responsibility for it.

  28. fdugrad says: Feb 4, 2013 1:52 AM

    Now we can all witness the COMPLETE train wreck that will be his upcoming career as a “journalist.” Has ANYONE at ESPN ever actually auditioned Ray? Has somebody there even LISTENED to him attempt to speak the ENGLISH LANGUAGE? Each and every sentence is an adventure in cringe-worthy listening pleasure as he demonstrates again how much he learned and grew as a “student-athlete” at The ” U.”

  29. monsterright says: Feb 4, 2013 2:01 AM

    Did anyone catch his answer to Sharpes question – what would you say to the families of the two people that were killed?

    Rays answer was that God doesn’t make mistakes and the system is to blame.

    I’m sure the families appreciated his response. He really has turned the corner.

  30. rgf1982 says: Feb 4, 2013 2:50 AM

    i hate ray lewis for being a murderer and having a WWE entrance to every game he ever played. all that said, you gotta respect the guy that finds a way to gain an edge with a deer antler. next year dudes will be snorting elephant tusk.

  31. jimmylions says: Feb 4, 2013 3:40 AM

    I’m just hoping Ray’s missing white suit shows up from the dry cleaner in time for the Super Bowl after party.

    Funny how a white suit drenched with the blood of a murder victim could just vanish.

  32. tatum064 says: Feb 4, 2013 3:55 AM

    kosmokenny says:
    Feb 4, 2013 12:20 AM
    Superdome decked out in purple and refs doing everything they could to ensure the outcome, youre damned right it was scripted.

    =======

    Yeah, they really scripted that Jim Harbaugh coached stupid 3 pass series inside the 10 with a power offensive line, vs. a defense without Haloti Ngata in the middle. That power run game was their bread and butter ALL YEAR, and they didnt use it when it counted the most.

    What-EVER. “Scripted?” Hilarious!

  33. realfootballfan says: Feb 4, 2013 4:03 AM

    It’s certainly been my pleasure watching him play.

    We’ve been a witness to once in a generation greatness.

  34. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Feb 4, 2013 4:10 AM

    OK, he’s retired. Can we please not talk about him anymore?

  35. oriolesvsravens says: Feb 4, 2013 6:04 AM

    Can’t question his legacy on the field. 1st ballot HOF. Everyone who came in contact with this guy after that incident in ATL would have a different take on this man than what objective fans and others would. You either hate him or you love him.

  36. chief67 says: Feb 4, 2013 6:17 AM

    I just hope Lewis goes to a place where I can`t see him or more importantly hear him !

  37. jkibler1 says: Feb 4, 2013 6:28 AM

    Good for you Ray, now you can sit back and wait to burn in hell.

  38. fanofevilempire says: Feb 4, 2013 7:17 AM

    I guess Ray was right, no weapon formed against him will prosper…………………

    imagine when Ray Ray is on tv for espn, let the fun begin.

    I guess god is a Raven fan.

  39. mfb73 says: Feb 4, 2013 7:28 AM

    Life really should of began for his victims a long time ago…

  40. shawn7331 says: Feb 4, 2013 7:54 AM

    Must be CBS got the point….Too much focus on ray lewis cause I didnt see him the entire game….wait, neither did the Ravens!!

  41. jmclarkent says: Feb 4, 2013 8:00 AM

    Instead of worrying about life and death issues or maintaining the cosmos, he enjoyed playing a spot of Football.

    Who said God wasn’t fun?

  42. packerbadger says: Feb 4, 2013 8:08 AM

    God must have created the non-holding call on last play. Lewis seems to worship himself more than God. I hate Ray Lewis too. He should still be in jail in my opinion.

  43. gizzmonic says: Feb 4, 2013 8:13 AM

    If there is a god, he will spare us missery by silencing ray ray with some seriuos throat condition. AMEN

  44. bartlettruss says: Feb 4, 2013 8:32 AM

    I don’t know if it’s a perfect ending, but it’s better than bleeding out face down on some dark Atlanta street because Ray Lewis and / or his friends just stabbed you to death then having all your assailants walk even after your blood was found in Ray’s limo…

  45. cudahatestheravens says: Feb 4, 2013 8:32 AM

    It time to get real – GOD does not care about Ray Lewis or the Ravens and this ass clown will burn in hell if there is justice. You can thank the poor officiating for a win not God.

  46. darkglobe1 says: Feb 4, 2013 8:44 AM

    Ray Lewis can go to hell. He did everything in his power to help two people literally get away with murder. All the people praising him and calling others “haters” are sickening.

  47. sinestrojoe says: Feb 4, 2013 8:46 AM

    How long before Ray Ray gets in trouble somewhere…maybe he’ll get his seventh kid from a fifth woman…

  48. godknowwhyhecrys2013 says: Feb 4, 2013 8:52 AM

    Life really ended when Ray Lewis gutted those two poor souls in Atlanta.

  49. realfootballfan says: Feb 4, 2013 9:30 AM

    Funny to see all the white people who post here suddenly become so concerned about two career criminal black males all of a sudden to justify their hatred for Ray Lewis, which stems from him beating up on their teams for years rather than anything to do with a court case that a jury acquitted him and his cohorts on pretty quickly as an obvious self defense case. Funny indeed.

    Take a bow, Ray. You deserve it for being one of the greatest to do it in between those lines.

  50. jwcarlson says: Feb 4, 2013 10:15 AM

    In the slammer before the end-of-year 2015.

  51. philly4lyfe says: Feb 4, 2013 11:03 AM

    how can you tell what race anyonr posting on here isthrough a computer screen? are you basing it your assumptions on the fact that he is black, so everyone “hating” on him must be white? or is it based on the fact that everyone “hating” on him has a decent grasp on the english language, so they must be white?

  52. mfb73 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:56 PM

    I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me the reason for not liking this jerk is pretty simple…he was involved in the loss of human life and used his money to further corrupt the system then hides behind religion.

  53. TD Hawk says: Feb 4, 2013 5:27 PM

    I just pray his new life includes a vow of silence.

  54. emosnar says: Feb 4, 2013 5:28 PM

    Funny to see all the white people who post here suddenly become so concerned about two career criminal black males all of a sudden to justify their hatred for Ray Lewis, which stems from him beating up on their teams for years rather than anything to do with a court case that a jury acquitted him and his cohorts on pretty quickly as an obvious self defense case. Funny indeed.

    Take a bow, Ray. You deserve it for being one of the greatest to do it in between those lines.

    AMEN!!!

  55. severinsmith says: Feb 5, 2013 9:12 AM

    I can’t wait until this dolt embarrasses himself as a commentator. It’s gonna be on par with Deion Sanders hosting Miss America.

    Woooohoooo – Ray!! Here’s to the upcoming felony assault charges you’re going to get when you realize you can’t do anything else with your life except scream like a head-trauma victim, praise GAWD, cry like Susan Lucci and try to hurt people.

    The only question will be if he’ll blame the NFL and consequently sue for concussion related damages.

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