Ray Lewis is a Baltimore sports God

September 20, 2009 | Paul Hoke

After watching the Baltimore Ravens’ 31-26 victory over the VERY good San Diego Chargers, I am once again in the familiar position of cheering with all my heart for linebacker, and future hall of famer, Ray Lewis.

His tackle of Darren Sproles on the Chargers final offensive possession ranks as, to me, the play of the year so far. And it also solidifies him, as if he needed it, as a Baltimore sports God.

To be fair, we have seen our fair share of sports heroes in this town. Johnny Unitas, Brooks and Frank Robinson, Eddie Murray, Bert Jones, Cal Ripken, Jonathan Ogden,…and of course, Ray Lewis. Not that he needed that fourth down tackle to make the list, but that play shows why he still rules the current Baltimore sports scene.

Is there any other Baltimore sports figure that even comes close? Ed Reed maybe, but he doesn’t have Ray’s resume. Joe Flacco? Maybe in time, and let me say how very impressed I am with Joe Cool thus far. But he hasn’t logged 14 seasons of greatness the way Ray has. Ray Lewis is, at the very heart and soul, a Baltimore Raven. And he showed it again today. Twelve tackles, a forced fumble, a QB pressure which lead to an interception, and the tackle on Sproles which won the game for our Ravens. The heart and soul of this team is still Ray Lewis. As good as Flacco and the offense has been, and they have been good, this team still breathes because of #52….and he lets us know each week, to not forget that.

I have heard that his pre-game dance has grown stale for some. But I am one to say that I want Ray dancing before every game this season. He is the heart and soul of this team, and he proves it week in and week out.

Thanks you Ray Lewis, and Go Ravens!!!