In the final week of his career, we got to see the many sides of Ray Lewis.
There was Reverend Ray - reciting Bible verses and recalling singing in the church choir as a child, talking passionately about his relationship with God, the voice rising like a revival-tent preacher as he warned everyone that ''the trick of the devil is to kill, steal and destroy. That's what he comes to do. He comes to distract you from everything you're trying to do.''
There was Revered Ray - one of the fiercest linebackers in NFL history, universally praised by teammates and opponents alike for his emotion on the field, his leadership in the locker room, for being an example of how the game should be played.
''I will probably be most proud of the impact I've had on so many men's lives,'' Lewis said. ''The game will fade one day, numbers will fall, accolades will wash away, but there is nothing better than changing someone's life.
Some even wondered if there was a Roided-Up Ray - taking some sort of ...