Who would you name the MVP trophy after? This is the question that NFL writer Dave Dameshek asked quite a few NFL players this week, and the answers were all over the place. NFL stars like J.J. Watt, Jamaal Charles, and Calvin Johnson all named who's namesake they'd like to see on the trophy. The answers weren't very surprising, greats like Reggie White, Brady, Manning, Montana, Rice, Moss, Sanders, and Payton were all named. However, two linebackers thought a certain Ravens great was deserving of the honor. Raiders LB Khalil Mack and Chiefs LB Justin Houston both said Ray Lewis deserved the honor.
"My favorite player of all time, he just retired last year." - Khalil Mack on Ray Lewis
Mack also showed Dameshek how to do Lewis' famous pregame dance.
"I love Ray Lewis because of the passion he plays with on the field." - Justin Houston
Mack and Houston are two of the most promising linebackers in the league. Mack, last year's fifth selection in the draft, had a great rookie year, and showed huge potential, finishing third in Defensive Rookie of the Year voting. Prior to the draft, Ray praised Mack, saying he'd "definitely take Mack" with the #1 pick. Mack also wears #52 for Oakland, which could be a homage to Ray.
Houston, has been a force to be reckoned with, as he recorded a whopping 22 sacks last year. The future is very bright for these two, and the sky is the limit.
It's really nice to see these two young fellow linebackers appreciate the man who really defined the position in the 21st century. Alongside fellow linebacker greats Lawrence Taylor and Dick Butkus, Ray was truly one of the best to ever play the game, and he is very worthy, like many other greats, of having the MVP trophy, or even the Defensive Player of the Year Award named after him.
So readers, who would you bestow this honor upon?