A career lasts for a while; a legacy lasts a lifetime.
After 17 years, arguably the best LineBacker of all-time will hang it up. Ray Lewis, the heart and soul of the Ravens defense since 1996 will call it quits after a career that will be remembered as one of the best careers ever.
I write this piece not just as a Ravens fan, but as a spectator. You could ask a soccer fan to watch football, and he might get bored. But if you showed him Ray Lewis, he may just find his new favorite sport.
Ray was more than a LB to the game of football. As Ray Rice says "Baltimore IS Ray Lewis". It's very true. Living in Baltimore for my entire life, I know that there wouldn't be Baltimore football if it weren't for #52. Ray brought a whole new meaning to the LB spot, and the game of football itself.
His 17 years were capped by 12 pro-bowls, 2 career DPOY's, and of course, a 2000 Super Bowl ring in which he was named MVP. Ray touched the lives of many people not just on the field, but off as well.
As a fan of the Ravens, I would like to say THANK YOU, #52. Thank you for giving us what you wanted: A legacy.
I speak for everyone when I say, We love you RAY. <3