Jamal Lewis Renounces Browns, Considers Himself a Raven After Retirement

Daniel WolfSenior Writer INovember 12, 2009

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 01: Jamal Lewis #31 of the Cleveland Browns runs against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 1, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Browns 30-6. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Browns and former Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis has announced that he is retiring at the end of this season, but that's not all he had to say.

Lewis has been with the Browns for three years now, and even though the Browns gave him a second chance to be a starter in the NFL after the Ravens gave up on his ability and cut him, he has denounced the team that has given him a second chance.

According to cleveland.com, "He said he'll look back at himself as a Raven as opposed to a Raven and a Brown."


He would rather consider himself a Raven and not even mention the fact that they cast him aside?

The reason this even came up is due to the fact that this Monday Lewis will play his former team for the last time in his career, but honestly, it sounds like he would rather suit up in the purple and black rather than in the orange and brown.

To support his statement regarding him always being a Raven, Lewis also said, "...that's who gave me my shot."

"That's who brought me in. That's where I pretty much did all my work. I have a lot of memories there, a lot of memories there—a lot of older players that helped me out and brought me in, led me and showed me the way. That's where I got it from."

Lewis has been silent about his reasons to retire, but he finally caved in and said, "...I'm tired of it....So, time to move on."

But he also said, "[he] made that decision before the season even started."

Sounds a little contradictory.

So Lewis decided before the season started that he wanted to retire but kept it quiet until two weeks ago after the Browns were blown out by the Bears, and then told everyone that he was also tired of it and it was time to move on.

Sounds like Lewis hates being on the Browns, but who can really blame him?

Regarding the Browns' current 1-7 record, he said, "I don't think that the locker room has turned. I don't think that anybody has turned their back on the situation or anything. Everybody's just out here working hard, because we know that we can go out and compete. We just have to put it all together."

Bottom line, with Lewis retiring, he should see less playing time in the last half of the season so that the Browns can give more reps to Jerome Harrison and Chris Jennings to see what their future is at running back.

Sorry Lewis, but in this journalist's opinion, your comments should only get you short yardage formations and goal-line plays for the rest of the year.


(Article also posted on Dawg Scooper)