Well it finally happened, Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker, and future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis is going back to the Super Bowl. This will also mark Lewis’s last game as he previously announced his retirement before the playoffs started. This could be a story-book ending to a legendary career. ESPN and NFL Network will play into this storyline leading up to the Super Bowl. This has also brought out the hate for Lewis.
In January 2000, Lewis was involved in a fight outside a night club which led to the stabbing deaths of two men. Lewis was brought up on murder charges following this incident. Lewis’s attorney negotiated a plea deal, which led to the murder charges being dismissed. This brought a lot of criticism as Lewis denied being guilty of the murders. Many people believe to this day Lewis was to blame, and recently many people have said they wouldn’t root for a murderer. It’s time to let that go, and it’s okay to be a fan of Lewis now.
It’s more than likely that Lewis had something to do with the deaths of those two men. I’m not downplaying murder or saying that this wasn’t a terrible crime. It’s the fact that Lewis has turned his life around after this incident. He was given a second chance, and is doing everything right. There aren’t many other athletes who have turned their lives around after controversy like Lewis has. He has become a man of God. He is now labeled as a family man who wants to be involved in his kids’ lives. Now Lewis gives inspirational speeches in prisons, and works as a mentor for troubled youths.
Some unneeded controversy spilled out after the Ravens defeated the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship. Anna Welker, wife of Patriots receiver Wes Welker, had this to say about Lewis:
“Proud of my husband and the Pats. By the way, if anyone is bored, please go to Ray Lewis’ Wikipedia page. 6 kids 4 wives. Acquitted for murder. Paid a family off. Yay. What a hall of fame player! A true role model!”
Now I ask, what was the reason for saying such a thing? She might have been angry that the Patriots just lost, but there’s no reason to bring up Lewis’ name. Anna apparently hasn’t heard about what Lewis has done since then to change his life.
He has done a great job making most people forget about what happened on that night. All the while being one of the most consistent defensive players throughout his career. Lewis has cemented himself as a legend in the NFL, and now he is establishing himself as a great human being. Lewis received his second chance and never looked back.
There’s no need for the hate on Lewis. It’s time to accept that he is a changed man, and just become a fan of what the man has accomplished. It’s time for Lewis to go out and have the game of his life on Super Bowl Sunday. He will put it all on the line for his teammates to get that trophy. He’s one of the most unselfish players in NFL history, and there won’t be another like Lewis.
When you’re watching the Super Bowl, just keep an eye on number 52 in the defensive backfield. It’s time to be inspired by Lewis instead of despising the man.
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