Ray Lewis came back in the nick of time for the Baltimore Ravens.
The lame duck NFL linebacker was anything but lame in the AFC championship game against the New England Patriots. His inspirational play made him the Baltimore Ravens’ leading tackler with 14 hits and now he’s going back to another Super Bowl.
While the coaching Harbaugh brothers is bound to grab a lot of Super Bowl attention, so is Lewis’ grand farewell.
It wasn’t that long ago that Lewis seemed ready to go into the sunset very quietly.
He was gone after the sixth week with a triceps injury and didn’t return until the playoffs but quickly became the Ray Lewis of old. He definitely looked sharp against Indianapolis Colts for the Wild Card round with nine tackles and four assists. In the double overtime win against the Denver Broncos in the divisional round, Lewis had 10 tackles and seven assists.
But Lewis also gave everything for his 37-year-old body against the Patriots in the 28-13 upset. He had six tackles and eight assists.
It’s like he had never left. The defensive effort resembled that which led to the Ravens’ Super Bowl title more than 10 years ago when very little offense existed on Baltimore’s part. It didn’t have to because the defense did the job.
This season, veteran quarterback Joe Flacco was able to give the Ravens a little more offense but again, the Baltimore defense came through at the right time. For Ray Lewis, it’s not the last time either.