We’re less than 48 hours away from what could be the last game in the Hall of Fame career of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. Baltimore will look to extend Lewis’ playing days as long as possible with the intention of sending the two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year out a champion, but the end is quickly approaching.
When Lewis takes off the pads for the last time there’s little doubt the opportunities presented to him will be numerous. Listening to any of several motivational speeches he’s given over the years makes doing that on a regular basis seem a natural fit. Then there’s the news of him reportedly headed to ESPN to appear on their family of networks. At some point down the road you would have to think Lewis would make a great coach if he decided to go that route.
Whatever Lewis decides to do he likely won’t be out of Roger Goodell’s reach if the NFL commissioner needs someone to bounce ideas off of. In a phone interview with the Baltimore Sun Goodell talked about discussing league issues with the 13-time Pro Bowler and reflected on his career.
“He’s a tremendous voice of reason,” Goodell said. “He’s someone that has a unique pulse of the players and that’s helpful to me. That perspective is important to hear, and he would always share that with me whether he called or I called him. … He means a great deal to this commissioner, and I could tell you that I will always seek out his input. He will stay involved, I’m certain of it, in football and that perspective that he has is something I’ll reach out for on a regular basis.”
If you’re one of the many who aren’t fond of Roger Goodell you might be thinking Ray Lewis, or anyone for that matter, would make a better commissioner. Not a bad resource for him to have in his pocket though.
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