Is Ray Lewis Pulling A Brett Farve To Win?!
Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:53 AM
Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:10 AM
Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:12 AM
It is a great move by Ray. Emotion and execution rule the post season. Win now or go home. Evens out the Chuckstrong wave.
As far as Ray pulling a Favre? I really don't think he will.. His boy will be playing at the U next season, and I think Ray wants to be there for him. I saw an interview Ray did recently where he mentioned his kids paid the ultimate sacrifice so their dad could live his dream in the NFL. Now, he can begin to repay that by supporting his son's play and passing his passion for the game to the next generation; which also happens to be his offspring
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-ESPN analyst Jon Gruden
Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:52 AM
not a shocking move by Ray
Posted 03 January 2013 - 02:28 PM
So now after the huge Chuck Pagano emotional hyigh for the Colts Ray Lewis chooses to announce he is retireing before the Colts game. Now of course, everyone is saying the Ravens will also be highly motivated to win. Isn't that interesting?! You think maybe old, sly Ray is up to something? He knows Pagano and how his current team feels about him. How can the Ravens compete with that? Hm-m-m-, let's see (Ray is thinking) "maybe I announce my retirement to kick up the emotion on our side then after the season is over say I changed my mind and will play again next season". I think this is a stroke of genius by Lewis and we will indeed see him next year.
Sounds good on paper but he'd be 38 and he knows its over
Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:56 PM
Houston Texans, 2011, 2012 AFC South Champions
Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:02 PM
How can you compare to Brett Favre?
Favre was confused I think....I want to retire, I don't want to retire, but I'll always believe that the Packers pushed him into it the first time. He's no angel either, so don't take that the wrong way.
I do not see Lewis pulling a Favre. For one, he's suffered through injuries and knows his time is up. Looking back at Favre, he still had a lot in him. 2007 and 2009 were both two of his best statistical seasons and he was old. No one expected him to come out and have a career low on INT in 2009 at the age of 40 and he did it. But the key factor is, Favre was just about impossible to injure, and I don't think he suffered nearly as much stuff as what Lewis has.
It's pretty hard to compare a Linebacker to a Quarterback. I don't think an LB can last as long as one of the best QB's of all time such as Favre, who was still in great shape as he reached 40.
Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:04 PM
No, I don't believe so. I take Ray for his word.
Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:37 PM
I don't think he is pulling a Favre. Ray comes across as a more genuine person. Being the type of person that he is, I'm 100% sure that he has spent a lot of time thinking about this and knows it is time for him to make this decision
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:36 PM
Update..Ray reportedly signed a long term deal with ESPN....one which I'm sure allows him to go see his son play at Miami on Saturdays in the fall..
he's not coming back....
Posted 04 January 2013 - 05:53 PM
Motivation or desperation. I like how all of these "experts" are falling into this as extra motivation. If a playoff game isn't motivation enough, the team has real issues.
Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:27 PM
His son must have beaten him in a foot race finally....that's what he jokingly said one time when asked when would he know it's time for him to retire...
Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:36 AM
Really shouldn't matter for us.
After all the emotion has ended for them and the game begins, he's still a 37-year old who's just coming back from a huge injury.
Posted 06 January 2013 - 05:58 PM
No I think this is the last run for Ray. You can feel it.
I would be pretty let down if he changed his mind at this point.
I believe this is it. For good.
May the odds be ever in the Colts favor.