Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis (52) celebrates the Ravens victory as he talks with broadcaster Jim Nance in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens LB Ray Lewis goes out a champion to mixed feelings and reviews


Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis let out a victorious yell as the purple and gold confetti rained down on him inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  His legacy is far from over but that didn’t stop some from weighing in on it.

The main topic of course discussed as Lewis conducted his “last ride” was the murder case against him in 2000 that left two men dead and the emotional linebacker constantly having to answer questions the past 13 years.

Much like another infamous murder case involving a former NFL star, people have their theories or better yet feel they know what happened.  Fans of Lewis defend him to the hilt while others feel he got away with a heinous crime.

Regardless, you can’t deny that Lewis is one of the best linebackers to play the game in recent memory and had the uncanny ability to rally his team from the brink no matter the situation.

While quarterback Tim Tebow was ridiculed for his faith on several occasions, Lewis like Tebow had no problem with quoting verses from the Bible to fit the situation like “No weapon against me shall prosper” and “If God be for us, who can be against us?”.  But unlike Tebow, nobody mocked Lewis but for just a few minutes.

He credits his faith in helping him overcome a torn triceps that critics say would be the death-nail on his career as well as focus his team during a time when injuries and doubt reared it’s ugly head.

Best known for his pre-game dance out of the tunnel to fire himself and the crowd up, Lewis became the focus for his team and help send him out a champion after he announced his retirement.  A few criticized him saying this was just a stunt to try and bring the fractured team together.  If it was, then it worked.

In the end, Lewis is going to put on his second Super Bowl ring and likely head to Canton as a first ballot Hall of Famer after a 17 year journey that has had more twists and turns than the road to garner his last championship.

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