I'm not a religious guy, but in Ray's religion, it talks a lot about forgiveness, deeds, and actions.
Maybe, just maybe, whatever Ray did that night sparked in him the man we see before us today. Maybe a guilt resides in him over his actions that day, and because of that, he has since lived a clean life devoted to those around him. It is possible that if those events did not transpire the way they did, we would not have the Ray Lewis we have today, the humble servant, the legendary teammate. Because of him, many people's lives have been affected in such a positive way. We can all take lessons from Ray Lewis; that we are not perfect, and that our lives are wrought with blemishes and sin, but every day we can serve others, lead others, and hopefully make a difference in the world.
And I thank him for that.
Those are excellent points and that's a fair sentiment....well, sort of fair.
Until we cross out Ray Lewis' name in your description and insert Tim Tebow's...as Tebow would fit your description perfectly, other than the bar-stabbing, that is....allegedly.
Let's face it...we'd have to stretch the imagination pretty far just to see Tim Tebow stab a cocktail frank with a toothpick inside a bar, let alone stab a bar patron with a knife outside of one....allegedly.
But its strange how a good number of football fans are as sickened by Tebow's squeaky-clean image...earned thru many of the same good works you noted Lewis for....as others are by Ray Lewis and the alleged goings-on in his life.
None of this is a slam against your post by the way....but it just brings an interesting contrast in how these two different guys of a common faith are viewed. Ultimately.....its all about football and the microscope of it all is crazy.
Neither of them are perfect....and they're a world different from each other....but similar in one regard.
Both of them could probably use a break from us imperfect, screwy fans.