Ray Lewis: Garish Super Bowl Cleats Are Fitting Representation of Retiring Star

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 30:  Linebacker Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens addresses the media during Super Bowl XLVII Media Availability at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside on January 30, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Ravens will take on the San Francisco 49ers on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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It's only appropriate that a player as unique as Ray Lewis will be wearing a unique pair of cleats for Super Bowl XLVII.

Under Armour is making a special gold cleat for Lewis to wear in what will be the final game of his professional career. For those who haven't seen them, Bleacher Report tweeted out a picture that shows the distinguishing features:

On many other players, the color gold would be a bit too over the top. Joe Flacco has had a great postseason, but the color gold would be a bit too ostentatious compared to his personality.

As if the gold wasn't enough, the stats and accolades on the inside part of the cleat are a great touch, along with Psalms 91 near the toe.

With Under Armour headquartered out of Baltimore, you just knew they would come up with something special that would sum up the career of one of the greatest linebackers of all time. The company wouldn't sit idly by as one of the greatest athletes in the history of Baltimore sports takes his final bow.

The company was lucky in that it knew that this would be the last game of Lewis' career. It had plenty of time to create something different that would set him apart on the field.

Under Armour has become famous for updating the Maryland Terrapins' football uniforms and adding some unique tweaks. Oftentimes, fans put those uniforms among some of the ugliest in the country.

These cleats, however, couldn't have been more perfect for the Baltimore Ravens linebacker.

When looking back on his career, despite everything he's accomplished, the lasting image of Lewis will forever be the pregame dance that has taken on a life of its own. This is a guy who has somehow made his personality outshine his on-field performance.

Lewis was always one to create a spectacle on the field and off, so it wouldn't feel right for him to not make one in the Super Bowl.

Sure, nobody would think twice to see Lewis wearing black or even purple cleats in the Super Bowl. It's not as if fans generally remember what this player or that wore during the game.

The gold cleats, though, are a great representation of the character that only served to make Lewis' legend even more outsized.

It's a bit like the gold shoes that Michael Johnson wore at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Those shoes became legendary as Johnson broke the world record in the 200-meter dash.

Choosing gold shoes in something like the Olympics always has the chance to backfire. Instead, they helped Johnson become one of the biggest stars of that year's Olympics.

These cleats ensure that no matter the result, Lewis' Super Bowl will be remembered for a long time.