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Ray Lewis to the Packers: If Only It Could Happen

Jersey Al BraccoSenior Analyst IFebruary 28, 2009

Hmmm, he seems to be thinking about it in the picture.

"Imagine if I came to Green Bay and brought some attitude and inspiration to their defense. Oh, what I could do with the young players—teach them how to play with emotion and to never quit until the final whistle. Teach them how defense is supposed to be played."

Of course, Packer fans, this will never happen. Timid Ted Thompson would never even entertain the idea. Spend money on a 34-year-old linebacker? I don't think so.

But allow me to dream for a second. I see parallels between the Packers of the '90s and today's Packers. We've just established ourselves with our quarterback of the future. Our team is young, athletic, but a bit too soft, for my liking. 

We have a young offensive-minded coach who is still learning (remember the early Holmgren years...). In 1993, only one major change was made to the Packer defense. One man came to the Packers and in one year, their defense went from 23rd in the league the year before to second in the league. That man of course, was Reggie White.

He brought leadership, emotion, inspiration, and of course, talent. While Ray Lewis is closer to the end of his career than White was, I believe he could still be a significant contributor for two more years and be an invaluable motivating factor in the locker room.

It would certainly not be a safe move, but I'm more of a gambler than Timid Ted.  I would bring him to Green Bay and hope that history repeats. I can dream, can't I?

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