Ray Lewis' NFL career might be over, but he is still going to be around the game thanks to his son, Ray Lewis III, who will be attending the University of Miami.
Shortly after the younger Lewis announced his intention to play football for the Hurricanes, he was joined by his father and the two flashed the "U" sign together (via ESPN SportsCenter).
Ray Lewis & son throwing up the "U" after Ray Lewis III officially commits: http://t.co/tFh1v3CP (via @RecruitingESPN) #SigningDay2013-2-6 18:37:39
The fact that Lewis III chose to go to Miami isn't a surprise. He has been linked to the program for a long time, and national signing day was a mere formality for him and his family.
It also helps that the elder Lewis played football at the University of Miami from 1993 to 1995. He was a member of the 1994 team that went to the Orange Bowl before losing against eventual national champion Nebraska.
This moment caps off an incredible week for the Lewis family. Ray Lewis ended his remarkable 17-year NFL career with a Super Bowl victory against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Lewis may not have been the dominant player that he was in the prime of his career, but his passion and energy certainly played a role in helping the Baltimore Ravens capture their second championship in 12 years.
Now, when one career ends, another begins. No one knows what Lewis III will be like as a player until he gets on the field. It would be unfair to expect him to be the player that his father was, but he doesn't have to be that. All he has to do is get out there and play.
This picture is a nice representation of things coming full circle.