“Watch how much evil — which we call it crime — watch how much crime picks up if you take away our game.” – Ray Lewis
When you first heard these words what image came to mind? Ray Lewis, 16 year NFL Veteran, 12 time Pro-Bowler, 2 time Defensive player of the year, Super Bowl XXXV MVP, future Hall of Famer and unarguably spiritual and emotional leader of the Baltimore Ravens. Or Ray Lewis, accused murderer in an orange jumpsuit standing in an Atlanta, Georgia courtroom. If your view of Mr. Lewis is that of the latter, that’s okay. It’s your opinion and the above statement is nothing more than that. An opinion.
What if it were more than that?
After all this is an opinion of a guy who has been in the league for 16 years, (providing the NFL plays another season in our existence). A guy who has experienced training camps, OTA’s, playoffs, a Super Bowl, contract negotiations, player mentoring, community projects & philanthropy, new business development and a double homicide trial. This is nothing more than an opinion from a guy who has played in 210 regular season games, 15 playoffs games and doesn’t get his NFL news from ESPN SportsCenter highlights or NFL RedZone. How could he have an opinion that is so far fetched from what fans or NFL “experts” would have? Let’s find out how out of touch Ray is, are you ready?
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