Originally posted on The Sports Rocker  |  Last updated 7/24/12
In an age where veteran NFL players get to training camp and try to see who can set a new stationary bike record, Ray Lewis is a welcome change of pace. I could have said ray of sunshine, but didn't out of fear of being pancaked by him.




From The Baltimore Sun:

“It can’t get old because I’m fighting for a starting job,” Lewis said Monday evening during an appearance at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore where he announced a partnership between the United Athletes Foundation and accounting firm Baker Tilly. “I’ve been fighting my whole life. That’s what people don’t realize. I don’t think I’ve ever come in and said, ‘Oh, I’ve got a good day.’ I don’t. And that’s why every year is a new year for me. It’s a new opportunity.” 

The other side of Ray Lewis.At 37 years old, and, more than likely, a first ballot inductee into the Hall of Fame, Lewis could show up a few days late, and no one would say anything. Instead, he's leading the charge for the Ravens. And maybe there is more truth to this than what comes across the surface. He is 37. It wouldn't necessarily be easy for the Ravens considering how much of a cornerstone Lewis is, but when do they decide to pull the plug? Or more likely, when does Lewis decide to call it a day? His son, Ray Lewis III, will be part of the Miami Hurricane's 2013 class next season.

Whatever Lewis, the elder, decides to do, his approach to his craft will be missed when he departs the game. It seems, though, he has already started to transition to a post-NFL career. He has done multiple motivational speeches for teams and organizations and is very active in the Baltimore area with his charity organization, Ray Lewis Family Foundation, and his summer fundraising event, in partnership with Wal-Mart, Ray's Summer Days.

I hope, when Lewis decides to move on, he does it with grace and humility, and doesn't bounce from team to team chasing ghosts of future glory.
PLAYERS: Ray Lewis
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