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NFL Baltimore Ravens

Ray Lewis Lives to Play Another Game after Inspirational Performance

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

In what is the most interesting storyline to me in the 2013 NFL Playoffs, Ray Lewis will play at least one more game before he retires. The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Indianapolis Colts Sunday in a game that will mark the last time Lewis plays in front of his home fans.

Many questioned whether Lewis would even make an impact on the game, given the fact that he is returning early from completely torn triceps. Some wondered if he would just merely be out there for emotional inspiration.

Well those questions were emphatically answered on Sunday.

Lewis was not just a decoy, and he wasn’t just out there to be out there. No, he led his defense just like he always has. He led them to a performance in which they only allowed nine points. Not to mention, leading the team in tackles with 13. Lewis looked fresh, and while you know he wasn’t truly 100%, he probably fooled many people into thinking he was.

If Lewis’ pre-game introduction didn’t give you goosebumps, or if his celebration on the final snap of the game didn’t put a smile on your face, you must really hate the Ravens or Ray Lewis. I’m willing to bet that most sports fans were inspired by it like I was.

While the goal of the Ravens is to continue winning on their way to the Super Bowl, it’s clear that today meant the world to Lewis. He was extremely emotional after the game, and who could blame him. He’s played his entire career in Baltimore, and he’ll never step on that field again.

Today a chapter was closed in the career of Ray Lewis. I don’t think he could have asked for a better ending to this chapter, but the ultimate ending is still within reach. There’s no doubt who I’m rooting for next week in Denver, and for the rest of the playoffs.

Ray Lewis is truly a one of kind player, and while it’s sad that his playing days are numbered, fans should sit back and enjoy the rest of the ride.

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