Ray Lewis is trading in his cleats for a camera. ESPN confirmed Wednesday that the former Baltimore Ravens MLB will join the network as an analyst beginning next season. Lewis had reportedly been in talks to join ESPN shortly after announcing his retirement from the NFL.
This is a great fit for Lewis. He is a television camera favorite and certainly no stranger. He has shot commercials for the likes of Old Spice and Under Armour, and let’s not forget Lewis’ Toughest Interview Yet, the Visa press conference commercial where the little girl grills him with the cutest questions.
Let’s face it, when Lewis speaks, people listen. He has inspired countless people with his pep talks and motivational speeches. In the past year alone, Lewis has spoken to the Stanford basketball team before an NIT game, the Loyola (Md.) men’s lacrosse team during the NCAA tournament, and even an amateur football team in the UK, the London Warriors.
Lewis’ contract isn’t final quite yet. But, ESPN President John Skipper confirmed that Lewis will have a significant role on Monday Night Countdown, Sunday NFL Countdown and SportsCenter.