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Report: Lewis Heading to ESPN

The longtime Baltimore Raven is expected to join the network’s Monday Night Countdown program.

Ray Lewis won’t be out of work for long once this football season ends.

According to a report from SI.com, Lewis is expected to sign a multi-year contract with sports network ESPN and will have “a significant role” on the station’s Monday Night Countdown program.

Lewis, who was drafted by the Ravens in their first draft after the franchise relocated from Cleveland, announced his impending retirement Wednesday following this year’s playoffs.

Lewis, a middle linebacker, has been the heart and soul of the franchise for 17 seasons, and helped lead the team to its only Super Bowl title in 2000.

The Ravens will take on the Indianapolis Colts, the franchise that broke the city’s heart when it moved in 1984, at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.  

M. Sullivan January 03, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Gee, I wonder what came first, his decision to retire or the offer from ESPN?
kevin culler January 03, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Who cares? Lol
Steve January 04, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Shows you the mighty power of the dollar. Disney dissed Lewis when he was the Super Bowl MVP but he doesn't mind cashing their check...
Al January 04, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Congrats Ray Lew! Let the haters hate! Celebrate your life while others waste time.
John Doe January 04, 2013 at 04:20 PM
I hope he brings his dazzling and choreographed pre-game dance to the booth. It could be the opening of Monday Night Countdown with 'Cirque du So-Ray'.
moe green January 05, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Multiple children by several women not married to any. Poor role model unless you like the thug culture
Evets January 05, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Who says he is a role model? He is a good football player, dedicated to his team and the sport he plays. One can admire him for that. From all reports I have read, Mr. Lewis supports his children both financially and emotionally. He has cited as one of the reasons he is retiring is to spend more time with his children.
Buck Harmon January 05, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Yea, pretty sure that Ray brought many more smiles to peoples faces than frowns...that counts a lot... he's a good guy..
1ke January 05, 2013 at 02:25 PM
moe, a "good" role model need not conform to your idea of what parenting, family and personal style ought to be. Your view is rooted in your own experiences and in your own struggles. Look hard enough at any public figure and I am sure you will find something to grouse about since they are only human. Nevertheless, a lot of people find inspiration in the achievements of athletes. Champions have been lauded as cultural icons, admired and decorated from the times of the ancient Greeks (see http://bit.ly/1129cWz)
John Doe January 05, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Buck - Do you personally know Ray? Being the educated person you are, you know you can't say he is a 'good guy'. We don't really know him.
John Doe January 05, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Evets - "Mr. Lewis supports his children both financially and emotionally" - I do the same with my children and like Chris Rock says, "That's what you're supposed to do!"
Buck Harmon January 05, 2013 at 11:51 PM
John Doe, It's all of the great entertainment that makes thousands smile and enjoy the game a bit more that makes him a good guy in my opinion...I am not educated and I don't know him personally...I also don't know of one human being that is without flaw.. He's probably a nicer guy than you either way you view him personally..
1ke January 06, 2013 at 01:56 AM
How about "gladiators?" What if he told players to refer to themselves as gladiators?
Take Responsibility! January 06, 2013 at 11:54 AM
There are some nit picking bitches in this world. Take your negativity and put it where the sun don't shine.

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