Ray Lewis past, present and future: Is it safe to say the Ghost of Ray has passed?

October 26, 2010 | Nestor Aparicio

and that’s a color we can all identify with and I’d like to think that No. 52 hasn’t done his finest work just yet in Baltimore in regard to bringing people together and growing his legend.

But that remains to be seen. And that’s really what this series is about: What do the next 10 or 20 years hold for Ray Lewis in Baltimore?

The only thing we have for now are the images of what Ray Lewis is and was on the football field and what he now is in the pantheon of NFL greats.

If the topic today is Ray Lewis and what kind of a football player he still is you can wait until next weekend and watch the game. We might say that he’s lost a quarter of a step but even that has been made better by his instinct, on-the-field coaching and ability to read and disrupt plays in the heat of battle every Sunday.

There will be tomes written on Ray Lewis’ NFL accomplishments, videos of the highlight reels and a day in a canary jacket in Canton, Ohio before it’s all over with. But that’s just the football player. What he’s done on – and off – the field is all pretty much a public record since 1996 and not all of it has been pretty or flattering over the years.

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While I’ll freely admit that I’m no expert on Ray Lewis the man, I must also say that what we’ve seen here over the last 15 years as a legendary athlete has almost been taken for granted, probably not unlike how we took Cal Ripken’s stability with the Orioles for granted

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