Let me start off with a disclaimer. I am not a Ray Lewis fan. But neither am I a Ray Lewis hater. I am just a sports fan with no particular affinity to either Ray Lewis or to the Baltimore Ravens or to anything that would make you want to stop reading this post and call me biased. I’m just a fan who likes to make observations. That’s it. No agenda. Just observations.
So here’s what I’ve observed recently…
Ray Lewis – while undisputedly being one of the greatest football players ever – is also one of the most polarizing athletes to ever play a sport of any kind. No one likes him or dislikes him. You either love him or you hate him. And even those words don’t seem strong enough to describe the type of emotion that he elicits.
Part of our culture in America these days is to either idolize or demonize people who are famous. And never has that been truer than with Ray Lewis.
There’s no in between with him. Those who love him…really really love him. To them, he is more than a player, he is some type of mythical figure – a man on a mission, sent by God to knock the heads off of opposing quarterbacks and then pick them up and tell them that God loves them. He is Ray Lewis, the hero! Read More