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

October 26, 2010 | Nestor Aparicio

a complex, complex man. And I’m not sure anyone who’s ever come in contact with Ray at any level would dispute that.

If you missed the excerpt from my book last weekend you missed the first five years and what I though circa Jan. 28, 2001 but what might be most remarkable given an incredible set of long odds, he’s still playing, leading and performing at near the top of his game.

Not only does he now get sweet national endorsements…

…he’s also the most respected and sought-out player in the game by his teammates, foes and peers.And if you want to talk about where his reputation lies circa 2010, simply compare his past few years to that of Brett Favre and Ben Roethlisberger, who are now the “bad boys” of the NFL.

And when you think about judging Ray Lewis – and please don’t misrepresent my interpretations or conversations for judgments this week – just remember where he was 10 years ago, 15 years ago.

I do a lot of work with Tony Robbins and he has a technique he calls the “Dickens Pattern.” It’s been a very effective tool for me in my life and it essentially makes you take stock in where you’ve been and where you’re going – a real life “Truman Show” and you visit the “ghosts” of your past, present and future to guide your life and your goals and the price you have to pay to succeed.

Ray Lewis is like a living, breathing superhero in many ways. And perhaps it’s his survival instinct and his cavalier “don’t bet against me” approach