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Eventual Hall of Famer Ray Lewis hasn’t had immediate success in broadcasting. His second chance to stick in the business will come via FOX.

Michael McCarthy of SportingNews.com reports that Lewis has joined FOX Sports as an analyst. The move was expected to be announced Tuesday on FS1’s Undisputed.

Lewis joined ESPN in 2013 amid great fanfare, but things never really clicked for him there. After three seasons, ESPN opted to move on.

He won a pair of Super Bowls in a lengthy career with the Ravens, where he arrived as a first-rounder in 1996 and remained through 2012. His first Super Bowl win to cap the season after Lewis faced double murder charges in Atlanta arising from an incident that happened after Super Bowl XXXIV. He later pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, and the league fined him $250,000. (Lewis wasn’t suspended by then-Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, an outcome that would never occur if the same set of facts unfolded in today’s NFL.)

Lewis, who likely will be voted into the Hall of Fame in 2018 (his first year of eligibility), will appear on various different FOX shows.

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  1. milkcan44 says: Jun 20, 2017 11:29 AM

    They’re locking up all the knives in the Fox kitchen.

  2. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 20, 2017 11:34 AM

    What makes Fox think that a change of scenery will improve this mumbling idiot? Who needs another hypocrite on tv? Fox will regret hiring this murderer and he’ll disappear in two years this tie.

  3. nhpats says: Jun 20, 2017 11:37 AM

    He is barely comprehensible…..much like Michael Irvin…

  4. dartmouthstevens says: Jun 20, 2017 11:38 AM

    No! He is fine on his Balt talk show. They are all Raven fans. I found his voice and views annoying.

  5. 700levelvet says: Jun 20, 2017 11:50 AM

    Stewie Griffen would have been a better hire…

  6. Obi Wan Jablowme says: Jun 20, 2017 11:58 AM

    If this doesn’t work, Fox can bring in Don King next

  7. jimnaizeeum says: Jun 20, 2017 12:08 PM

    Is it just me, or is it hard to figure out what he is talking about?

  8. boknowsvt says: Jun 20, 2017 12:09 PM

    Hooray! Another sermon on Sunday.

  9. dcpatfan says: Jun 20, 2017 12:09 PM

    nhpats says:
    Jun 20, 2017 11:37 AM
    He is barely comprehensible…..much like Michael Irvin…
    __________________
    …we understand His swag just fine….I thought all you people were going to give up watching football anyway.

  10. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Jun 20, 2017 12:11 PM

    I don’t watch these shows anyway but I REALLY won’t be watching Fox now.

    Why can’t anyone in charge of these stations figure out that most people don’t like this guy?

  11. unclebluck says: Jun 20, 2017 12:18 PM

    Even Joe Flacco doesnt know what this guy is talking about….

  12. alucardgt says: Jun 20, 2017 12:18 PM

    Why is it necessary to bring up the atlanta incident everytime PFT mentions Ray Lewis?

    2x Defensive MVP
    1x Super Bowl MVP
    13x Pro Bowl
    7x All-Pro
    Only Player with 40 sacks and 30 INT
    11x – 150+ Tackles in a season

    I mean…. the dude was one of the best players in the last 20 years, and PFT makes sure to mention his obstruction of justice conviction in a post about a new broadcast job?

    It’s not like he cheated…..

  13. RegisHawk says: Jun 20, 2017 12:18 PM

    Here’s a tip, Ray…stop describing every player with “He reminds me of a young me”…

  14. Bob says: Jun 20, 2017 12:27 PM

    Helps to have a great agent. Obviously, this has to be a quid pro quo hiring.

  15. mixjuan says: Jun 20, 2017 12:33 PM

    (Lewis wasn’t suspended by then-Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, an outcome that would never occur if the same set of facts unfolded in today’s NFL.)

    ————————————————————–

    Really? This Commish has actively tried to levy the least punishment possible to Ravens players, even when presented with ALL of the evidence (see Ray Rice). Lewis could have been convicted of the double murder and still gotten off with a fine under Herr Goodell. Heck… look at what they did with the deer antler velvet (non) investigation.

  16. xavier179 says: Jun 20, 2017 12:41 PM

    To distinguish him from the othe commentators Fox will have him wear a white suit.

  17. losingisnotanoption says: Jun 20, 2017 12:41 PM

    Even though I don’t watch Fox studio shows, I wish this guy would just… go… away.

  18. filmex2000 says: Jun 20, 2017 12:43 PM

    Remember when networks wanted hires to be personalities that people actually like ?

  19. skmad2014 says: Jun 20, 2017 12:46 PM

    Fiery, emotional rants and yelling may work on the field with teammates.

    Most fans are looking for intelligent, coherent analysis of the game and players – Ray’s “sermons” provide none of that.

  20. charger383 says: Jun 20, 2017 12:51 PM

    maybe Fox wants to look PC and attract viewers he connects with

  21. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jun 20, 2017 12:53 PM

    alucardgt says:
    Jun 20, 2017 12:18 PM
    Why is it necessary to bring up the atlanta incident everytime PFT mentions Ray Lewis?

    2x Defensive MVP
    1x Super Bowl MVP
    13x Pro Bowl
    7x All-Pro
    Only Player with 40 sacks and 30 INT
    11x – 150+ Tackles in a season

    I mean…. the dude was one of the best players in the last 20 years, and PFT makes sure to mention his obstruction of justice conviction in a post about a new broadcast job?

    It’s not like he cheated…..
    ——-
    Not only did he cheat the judicial system with that crap obstruction of justice nonsense, he used Deer Antler spray in his last glorious season no?

    No one is disputing his actual football greatness, but much like Barry Bonds or Alex Rodriguez (both likely HOF even before steroid use) this is a part of his story whether he likes it or not, Eg Mike Vick and dogfighting, etc

  22. clssylssy says: Jun 20, 2017 1:00 PM

    If he is a member of the Fox Sunday show with Straham, Long and others, he will be kept in check as the other guys have big personalities and more creds than Ray. Loved him as a player but sometimes in that “second chapter” it’s a little harder to reach that same level of expertise.
    I’m wondering who he will be replacing and am hoping it’s not Bradshaw who is naturally funny and brings some levity to what has become a very depressing league.
    Maybe Ray will learn something from these guys about being a sports analyst and TV personality–it’s not going to be The Ray Lewis Show!

  23. otheirony says: Jun 20, 2017 1:03 PM

    I can scratch FOX off my list….

  24. Ron Jull says: Jun 20, 2017 1:04 PM

    alucardgt says:
    Jun 20, 2017 12:18 PM
    Why is it necessary to bring up the atlanta incident everytime PFT mentions Ray Lewis?

    2x Defensive MVP
    1x Super Bowl MVP
    13x Pro Bowl
    7x All-Pro
    Only Player with 40 sacks and 30 INT
    11x – 150+ Tackles in a season

    I mean…. the dude was one of the best players in the last 20 years, and PFT makes sure to mention his obstruction of justice conviction in a post about a new broadcast job?

    It’s not like he cheated…..

    Uhm, you forgot one last stat:

    2x Murderer

  25. Ron Jull says: Jun 20, 2017 1:06 PM

    xavier179 says:
    Jun 20, 2017 12:41 PM
    To distinguish him from the othe commentators Fox will have him wear a white suit.

    Ray Ray should be wearing an orange suit, for 25 to life.

  26. jonwill57 says: Jun 20, 2017 1:24 PM

    Pre-game shows are horrible…every single one of them regardless of who’s hosting or who’s an analyst. It’s one thing to watch the actual games from noon – 10:30, but a 2 hour pre-game show?

  27. gocaps8 says: Jun 20, 2017 1:24 PM

    Ah, yes. Outstanding, Fox!

    Ray Lewis and 720p football broadcasts. Perhaps he can also lead the Fox crew in a new ‘pre-game huddle’ to sufficiently motivate the broadcast team to do a great job?

  28. shurmanblog says: Jun 20, 2017 1:24 PM

    After suffering through the absolute worst broadcast ever of a golf tournament this past weekend , not surprised that Fox hired a guy who can’t speak clearly to be analyst . Fox seems think name recognition is more important then ability as this hire proves . Lewis is so bad closed captioning can’t even decipher what the hell he’s saying .

  29. flaccodelic says: Jun 20, 2017 1:27 PM

    When recounting the details of Ray Lewis’s obstruction of justice plea, you might also recount that two other men were conclusively identified as the killers, and that they were both acquitted in a subsequent trial because the whole thing was found to be self-defense in that the two dead guys were the aggressors. Somehow non-Ravens fans plug their ears immediately at the conclusion portion of the story. That said, the dude lied and deserved the scorn and punishment and lost income for lying to protect his friends. But that’s not quite the same as killing two guys, no matter how much you want to hate him.

  30. raiderrob21 says: Jun 20, 2017 1:28 PM

    This is bad news. Great football player, Terrible on air personality, two faced individual.

  31. nhpats says: Jun 20, 2017 1:36 PM

    dcpatfan says:
    Jun 20, 2017 12:09 PM
    nhpats says:
    Jun 20, 2017 11:37 AM
    He is barely comprehensible…..much like Michael Irvin…
    __________________
    …we understand His swag just fine….I thought all you people were going to give up watching football anyway.

    ——————-

    Why would I stop watching football?

  32. 345snarkavenue says: Jun 20, 2017 1:40 PM

    I hope he’s on a pregame studio show; I stopped watching those years ago.

  33. duffelbagsports says: Jun 20, 2017 1:43 PM

    Those of us in the community can understand him just fine. Just because he doesn’t talk like you, but who said you’re way of speaking was correct? Ever listen to a white guy from Alabama?

  34. streetyson says: Jun 20, 2017 1:48 PM

    flaccodelic says:
    Jun 20, 2017 1:27 PM
    When recounting the details of Ray Lewis’s obstruction of justice plea, you might also recount that two other men were conclusively identified as the killers, and that they were both acquitted in a subsequent trial because the whole thing was found to be self-defense in that the two dead guys were the aggressors. Somehow non-Ravens fans plug their ears immediately at the conclusion portion of the story.
    ———————
    Hey homie, if you believe all that then why would he lie at all and why did the clothes he wore that night disappear? And why did he settle out of court with the victims families if they were the agressors and Ray was merely caught in the crossfire? Wake up and smell reality dude.

  35. edon8334 says: Jun 20, 2017 1:50 PM

    Cool, would like to see him on a couple of segments of undisputed with skip and shannon

  36. mogogo1 says: Jun 20, 2017 1:53 PM

    “I mean…. the dude was one of the best players in the last 20 years, and PFT makes sure to mention his obstruction of justice conviction in a post about a new broadcast job?”
    ___________

    So, you’d rather the conversation just stick to him being an absolutely terrible commentator?

    Just a bizarre hire–nobody is sitting at home thinking “I was done with the NFL until Ray Lewis got another studio gig–now I’m all in!” And there are countless other retired players who’d do a better job while still bringing some name recognition to the job.

  37. rushbacker says: Jun 20, 2017 1:58 PM

    He is hilariously bad. He’s not even capable of conversing intelligently with the other analysts– he just stands there mean mugging until they tell him it’s time to mumble his piece. It doesn’t matter how good he was as a linebacker, he is unwatchable on television. Fox embarrasses themselves more every time they trot him out there.

  38. tdskinz says: Jun 20, 2017 1:59 PM

    Reverend Ray on Fox Sunday morning’s.

    I’ll pass.

  39. skol2015 says: Jun 20, 2017 2:04 PM

    After suffering through the absolute worst broadcast ever of a golf tournament this past weekend , not surprised that Fox hired a guy who can’t speak clearly to be analyst . Fox seems think name recognition is more important then ability as this hire proves . Lewis is so bad closed captioning can’t even decipher what the hell he’s saying.

    —-

    And, even though you can understand him, get rid of Joe Buck. He’s so far up Aaron Rogers’ a$$, I’m not sure who’s lips are moving. Let alone having him call golf.

    I don’t think Ray will last long.

  40. bdevil1952 says: Jun 20, 2017 2:22 PM

    Well, that settles it. Ray Lewis is a polarizing figure. Just look at the 40 comments above.

    Good luck Ray in your new position but this time can you occasionally say something nice about Tom Brady and the Pats? Is it too much to ask?

  41. eddiea25 says: Jun 20, 2017 2:42 PM

    Store front preacher,full of it.

  42. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 20, 2017 2:48 PM

    Why would I stop watching football?

    Dude, nobody on PFT having read your comments thinks you have ever watched football.

    As to the comment about a white guy from Alabama speaking. He is not on national tv moron that’s the difference. The majority of the country still doesn’t talk like Mumbles Lewis.

  43. inallsincerity says: Jun 20, 2017 3:47 PM

    After all these years, there are still folks that want to hate on Ray Lewis because he had the audacity to DEFEND himself in a nightclub altercation that he DID NOT start. Ironically, the same folks celebrate George Zimmerman. You folks can’t have it both ways. You all are suffering from cognitive dissonance and prejudice/racism, depending upon your position in society. Get help, please.

  44. blkpatsfan says: Jun 20, 2017 5:18 PM

    Good lord!
    The return of Ray Lewis. Can Emmet Smith be far behind?

  45. jgedgar70 says: Jun 21, 2017 8:38 AM

    About 80% of the former players on NVL broadcasts are in dire need of Toastmasters or some other form of public speaking training. Ray Lewis is just the latest. I will continue to wait until 12:55 to turn the TV on.

  46. aqibhasmorepick6sthantylaw says: Jun 23, 2017 8:32 AM

    alucardgt says:
    Jun 20, 2017 12:18 PM
    Why is it necessary to bring up the atlanta incident everytime PFT mentions Ray Lewis?

    2x Defensive MVP
    1x Super Bowl MVP
    13x Pro Bowl
    7x All-Pro
    Only Player with 40 sacks and 30 INT
    11x – 150+ Tackles in a season

    I mean…. the dude was one of the best players in the last 20 years, and PFT makes sure to mention his obstruction of justice conviction in a post about a new broadcast job?

    It’s not like he cheated…..
    ————————————
    So cheating is worse than killing someone?

  47. wrongnessmaximus says: Jun 23, 2017 11:09 AM

    He found a way to cloak himself in the armor of shouting about his religion. Scoundrel that he is. When the dead guys that he had some sort of involvement in the killing of – are back walking around, then it won’t need to be talked about.

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