Ray Lewis past, present and future: Will he be a Ray of Light in the future?

October 28, 2010 | Nestor Aparicio

for the world to see and you’ll get instant love for him. The people who are in the “inner circle” of Ray Lewis are staunch, staunch defenders of his friendship, loyalty and where his passion lies.

And we even asked some legends outside of his world to express how to handle the post-NFL life:

Ray Lewis the football player fully fulfilled his potential. Now, at the washed up age of 38 or 39 he’ll eventually be off the field. Even Ray won’t win the battle with Father Time and he knows it.

And you’d think he’d be the most prepared guy in the world, right? He’s had a long time to prepare and tons of life experience and time to create a strategy for this shining sunset retirement and beyond.

He’s already been in jail. He’s been poor. He’s been rich. He’s been a winner. He’s been a loser. He’s been affected by a higher power. He’s played with a variety of the most famous and successful and grounded and equally gifted teammates you could imagine from Jon Ogden to Rod Woodson to Shannon Sharpe to Deion Sanders, who all say their lives are richer for having been his teammate.

So, what’s going to happen next?

We did a contest 30 months ago here at WNST.net called “King of Baltimore Sports” where we did a mythical March Madness competition in June 2008 to have a bracket-style matchup of the legends of Baltimore sports.

Ray Lewis lost in the Final Four.

But, almost three full playoff seasons later and playing at an incredibly high level for a man of any age, No. 52 might be gaining on No. 8, No. 5 and No. 19.

The question now becomes whether Ray Lewis will become a “King”