"I already believe I am the best linebacker in the game. Now, I have to show one more thing- that I am the most dominating, influential person in the game and the best football player to ever put on a pair of cleats." -Ray Lewis
If you're going to be the GOAT, you have to have everything- stats, accolades, MVP awards, Pro Bowls, and perhaps most importantly... Rings.
Yes, rings. Plural. Lewis already has one, as a member of the 2000 Ravens defense, which is arguably the single greatest defense of all time (though even as a Ravens fan I would disagree with that assessment in favor of the 1986 Giants). But he doesn't have a second one.
Ray Lewis uses the platform he's created for himself as an NFL icon to support lots of causes that he believes in- fitness, football, research, you name it.
He's said it since he arrived in the league, though- none of those things was his primary goal.
To be the Greatest of All Time, Lewis needs to do even more. I'd rank him in the top ten players of all time right now. But there are others who I'd put ahead of him. Guys like Joe Montana. Why? Rings. As the leader of a team, you are measured by how much that team wins.
The best way to add to his already impressive legacy?
Bring home some titles. Make the Baltimore Ravens the next great dynasty. Thankfully, he knows that- Ravens fans, it's going to be an awesome ride in 2010.
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