CBS Correspondent Writing Sample, Testing Creativity

Marco RomanellCorrespondent IMay 12, 2009

PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 18:  Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Championship game on January 18, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Ray Lewis is my favorite player of All- Time and one of the greatest players to don a uniform. Here is my mock feature interview with the great No. 52.

My Question

I understand the business aspect of football, but some fans don’t. What do you say to those Ravens fans that think your actions and words this offseason were un-warranted?

He would probably say something to the extent that this game is a business, he believed that he was worth that kind of money. Anyone who had a chance to get the most money possible would try to do so no matter what profession they worked in.

I would then use his answer to segue to the following question:

Coming into this offseason you were seeking one of the richest contracts a defensive player had ever received. Were you surprised by the lack of offers? How humbling was it? and are you going to play this season with a chip on your shoulder because of this?

He would likely respond with the notion that he understands this game is a business and it was not humbling at all. As far as playing with a chip on his shoulder, he would say he always is looking to improve and plays his best every time he steps on the field.


My Question

You have two Defensive MVP’s a Super Bowl title and a legacy as one of the greatest players to ever play the game. What is left for Ray Lewis to prove on the field?

He would say something like he is grateful he gets to play this game everyday and his motivation is to be the greatest of All- Time. He tries to better himself every day and just loves working and reaping the rewards of his hard work.

When I hang up my cleats I want to be the first player mentioned when people mention the greatest football players to ever play the game.


My Question

We all know what makes Ray Lewis the Football player great, but what makes Ray Lewis the man great and what ways do you try to better yourself as a man, son, and father?

I have no idea what he would say here but I am sure it would be something that gives everyone in the room chills. I know his kids and his family are life and his believe in God is what helped him get to where he is today.


My Question

I know you have put the double murder past you, what do you say to those NFL fans that still view Ray Lewis as someone who is capable of such a heinous act? Is your image to fans of teams outside the Ravens, something that you care about? How important is it to you that children view you in a good light?

I am sure he would he give a passionate, heartfelt answer that shows what a good person he really is.


My Question

You still have the same passion and desire for the game and you still have fun playing. Where does this passion come from after 12 seasons? Some people misconstrue your passion for showboating, especially in your pregame introductions. What would you say to them?


My Question

I saw an interview a few seasons back with LaDainian Tomlinson and he was asked the question: "You're in the open field and Ray Lewis is between you and the goal line, do you go over him, around him or out of bounds?" He said " Out of bounds."

Is there a back or player in this league that wants it more then you and is there way you lose the battle?


Last Question

What will life after football be like for Ray Lewis?

Ray Lewis is an amazing football player but an even more amazing man. It has been my dream to interview him and when he speaks it gives me chills. His passion for the game is what makes him great.

It has been my dream to interview him and I hope one day I can make it a reality.