Richard Deitsch, writer for Sports Illustrated, has reported that Baltimore Ravens legendary middle linebacker Ray Lewis is close to signing a multi-year deal with ESPN, and will have a significant role on the Monday Night Countdown show. An ESPN spokesperson declined comment when contacted Thursday morning.
Lewis and his agent group, William Morris Endeavor, reportedly met during the season with several of the NFL broadcast networks, to weigh his after football options. Lewis wanted also flexibility so he could see his son, Ray Lewis III play his college football games, as he’s a defensive back at his alma mater for the University of Miami Hurricanes. This is an amazing move for ESPN and and Lewis as ESPN gets one of the biggest household names in the NFL and Lewis gets a flexible and far less physically demanding job where he can still share his knowledge of the game with the masses and gets to be a family man year round.With going to ESPN after his playing career, he is likely to partake in the coverage of the 2013 NFL Draft and will be an excellent asset to the crew in Radio City Music Hall.
Here’s Lewis’ impressive resume as a player: 12 Pro Bowl appearances during his 17 seasons and a two-time winner of the AP Defensive Player of the Year Award, including in 2000, the same season he was voted Super Bowl MVP following his team’s win over the New York Giants. Most consider him among the NFL’s greatest middle linebackers and a sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer in 2018. Besides all that, he is one of the craziest motivators in the league’s history, how many of you would go through a brick wall if he talked to you for five minutes?