Originally written on Lady Loves Pinstripes  |  Last updated 11/20/14

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is hit by Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Ravens won 33-14. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Let me start by declaring that I have been a HUGE fan of linebacker Ray Lewis since the Baltimore Ravens beat my New York Giants in the Super Bowl XXXV back in 2000. (you can read my 2012 ALDS story about my encounter with Ray here or my past post titled Rarefied Ray.) To give you more of an idea of the adoration I have for this man, after watching the Ravens torch my Giants 43-7 the first thing I did was go on a manhunt to find an autographed picture of Lewis from that Super Bowl. And that would explain the framed, signed picture of Lewis hoisting up his Super Bowl MVP Trophy that still hangs on my wall today. So you can imagine my panic yesterday when I overheard Ray Lewis on the radio in a taxicab announcing his retirement from the NFL following this season’s playoffs. I felt literally crushed. Obviously I knew that after 17-seasons in the NFL his clock was ticking but it still didn’t change the fact that one of the most prolific and inspirational athletes of my time career was ...
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