BALTIMORE - OCTOBER 16: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates his team's victory against the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium on October 16. 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Texans 29-14. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
After 16 seasons in the NFL, can Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis actually have any critics to even laugh at? Playing a such a high level for such a long time, Lewis should have the respect and admiration of every NFL fan of any team. However, every year if not every week, the critics talk about his declining skills" ad how he has lost a step.
Yet, Lewis continues to rack up the tackles, forced fumbles, interceptions and other stats. He is now the only player in NFL history with 40 sacks and 30 interceptions after a sack on Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub in last week's 29-14 victory. He is, with a doubt, among the top linebackers in history, if not in the discussion of the best ever to play the game.
Lewis sat down with a local radio station recently and discussed his awareness of what the team means to the city and fans, his personal goals and his opinion of those critics. From a story on SportsRadioInterviews.com, Ray, never one to keep his thoughts and opinions to himself, much less never at a loss for words, opened up to the crew of Baltimore WNST Sports Talk Radio.