Ray Lewis: I don’t get it

 

This whole Ray Lewis retirement thing, this pregame dance ritual.

I confess, I don’t really get it.

The legendary Baltimore Ravens linebacker played his final home game on Sunday. Stories said his appearance after returning from an injury inspired the Ravens to beat the Colts.

Why a player’s retirement announcement is supposed to make the others play harder, I don’t know. When someone retires at your workplace, does it inspire others to work harder?

I thought the idea was to play hard every down, under any circumstance.

Here’s my second NFL question of the day.

The dance.

I know it’s a Lewis tradition, but how does a man poorly dancing inspire teammates? I don’t know a ton about dancing, but enough to know Ray Lewis is no Michael Jackson.

Some team stuff I understand. Haka dancing is a group deal and promotes team unity. Team chants and cheers make sense to me. But watching a guy do a dance before games?

            Ray danced for me! I think I’ll snag an extra four tackles!

Lewis has been a great player and from what I can gather is a nice person. That’s where the inspiration comes from.

If it were me, I’d go get 13 tackles, as he did Sunday, and leave it at that.

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3 comments

  1. Carlota

    It makes total sense that Ray’s announcement of retirement would be a boost to his team. Ray is not only a fantastic player, but he is the emotional leader of the team and has been for over a decade. There has never been the Baltimore Ravens without Ray Lewis and now the team has a chance to let Ray leave on a high note. They feel as though they owe it to him after he has served this city well for 17 years. It is a morale boost for an otherwise slumping team. And as for the dance, it has come to be not only a crowd pleasing favorite, but a tradition that will go out with Ray and will be missed by every Ravens fan across the nation. When I go to games and see Ray come out of the smoking tunnel, rip the grass from the stadium, and dance HIS dance, I know that he is going to bring it and he always does. Perhaps you don’t get it because you aren’t from Baltimore and you just can’t get it, but Ray is an icon in Baltimore even more so than he is in the NFL. I don’t mind confessing that I teared up when he announced his retirement and when I was at the game, I watched the fans around me with tears in their eyes as Ray took the field for one final play in M&T Bank Stadium and one final Ray dance. The Ravens do bring it every game, that’s why they’ve been to the playoffs every year for the last five years, but now they have a chance to honor the man who made the Ravens what they are today. Ray Lewis is a champion no matter the outcome of these playoffs.

  2. John Charity Spring

    Rock is correct that in Lewis’ last home game, he displayed all the worst qualities of modern sports: selfishness, individualism, and a complete lack of class.

    However, Rock ignores the most crucial fact here: Lewis was a major participant in a fight in which two men were murdered. The truly shameful thing here is not that Lewis displayed completely childish antics in his retirement, it is that he was allowed to remain a part of the NFL.

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