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.

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

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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.”

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

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

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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!!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.”

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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?

  23. 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.

  24. 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…

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

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

  28. 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.

  29. 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?

  30. 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.

  31. 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!!!

  32. 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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