My Ray Lewis memories

January 03, 2013 | Drew Forrester

My Ray Lewis memories

THE RAY LEWIS PENSION FUND

I’m going to leave someone out, here, but you get my point.

I don’t know how long it’s going to take until the checks start flowing in, but a lot of guys – who have made A LOT of money in the NFL – owe Ray Lewis a monthly check starting now.

Rex Ryan, Mike Nolan, Marvin Lewis, Jack Del Rio, Terrell Suggs, Brian Billick, Adalius Thomas, Ed Hartwell, Ed Reed, Chuck Pagano, John Harbaugh, Jarrett Johnson, Chris McAlister, Bart Scott, Haloti Ngata — there’s more, of course, but all of those guys picked up “Brinks Truck” type checks from the NFL because, in part, of Ray Lewis.  Some of those players should build Ray a mansion with the money they have left over…

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ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD

I don’t have to say anything about how great Ray Lewis was a player.

In fact, nothing I could write here would do him justice.

So I will only say this about Ray – on the field.

You have to look long and hard for the penalty he committed that cost his team a game.  Go back and check over those 17 seasons for the instance where Ray lost his cool and his team paid the price for it.  I’ll be here, waiting.  He was never the guy hitting someone out of bounds in clear violation of the rules.  He wasn’t clubbing the quarterback in the head and drawing a flag.  He wasn’t hitting a defenseless player after the whistle two or three times a season.

Ray Lewis played harder than anyone, maybe ever, but it was never reckless.

He didn’t play dangerously, but he was the most dangerous man on the field, always.

There was a great, humorous scene from “A Football Life” when Ray got into it with a player from the St. Louis Rams.  The play ended and Ray got up, quickly following the Rams player for a few steps.  ”Hey,” Ray yelled.  ”Hey!…that’s the last time you hit me after the play is over.  You’ve done it a couple of times now — you better not let it happen again.  OK?”

Just guessing here, but I doubt that player from the Rams hit Ray after the whistle throughout the rest of the game.

And the way he did it was classic Ray Lewis.  In control, no shoves, no foul language, nothing that would have put his team in jeopardy.

When it came to the game, only one thing ever mattered to Ray.

Winning.

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  1. Steve Says:

    I like the way you put this together, drew nice job

  2. Jason Says:

    Excellent read Drew.

  3. Unitastoberry Says:

    I saw him his first day of practice at Westminster.You could get really close to them that first year up there. Never followed him in college knew nothing about him but standing behind the sled I could see his speed and intensity. I also think working with Maxie Baughan his first few seasons here helped him understand how to play dominate 3 and out defense. In my life I have seen just about every great player minus 13 years that the NFL screwed us since 1966. If you read my comments over the years you know I have a fondness for the great Mike Curtis and how he should be in the HOF or at least up there at M&T with the other HOF B Colts.But Ray Lewis is better yeah I said it. His performance in the 2000 playoffs especially the home game with Denver was a one man wrecking crew from the MLB position to win a Superbowl the likes of which will not be seen again. Butkus never did that. Good luck Ray and God bless you. Stick around Baltimore and help this town out.

  4. John in Westminster Says:

    Well done.

  5. Robert Canady Says:

    Well done Drew. I enjoyed the piece. Not one word about a game changing interception, sack or fourth down stop. Yet, it really captured the essence of Ray and his impact on the team and city.

  6. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    The fans have been truly blessed having been able to watch Ray excell at his position like no other. A one of a kind player came down the road and luckily he stayed in Baltimore, Ray, thanks for the memories, you are a very special player.

  7. The Armchair QB Says:

    Nice tribute to a deserving icon! Not enough adjectives to describe this once-in-a-lifetime football player. It’s been a privilege and pleasure to watch him perform the past 17 years and, while he will be missed, the memories will last an eternity! Thanks for those memories, Ray, and best wishes for your success after football……….

  8. BmoreBobRob Says:

    I heard some of his financial troubles have been linked to investing a ton in You Pon. That is why he hung on for a few years in order to recover the money he lost. (DF: The only way he could have invested in something worse would have been sinking a bunch of money into your comedy career.)

  9. Art Lawrence Says:

    Ah BmoreBobRob- you never forget….you probably remember when bankruptcy was still an option…..like many of us have forgotten Ray’s steakhouse in canton. how is it we talk about players contributing to our community but when he puts up a stakehouse, we don’t show up in droves to support it? this community failed him but at least he didn’t fail us….#52

  10. dave hittinger Says:

    Great player, possibly the greatest linebacker ever. Off the field he has many serious issues to deal with. I wish him well. (DF: You’re hilarious. What “many serious issues” does he have to deal with? This should be good…)

  11. dave hittinger Says:

    Four baby mamas to start…(DF: That’s it? That’s your angle? Wow. I expected a lot more from you. Swing and a miss.)

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