As the Ravens fans endure another year of maddening and inconsistent football from their beloved purple and black team, a trip to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis on February 5, 2012, seems more likely now than it did following the ugly lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars back on October 24, 2011. The improved composure and confidence of the offensive players could have the black birds flying high and landing in Peyton’s land to capture the beauty of the lights, cameras, and the Lombardi Trophy. If that dream becomes a reality this year the players, fans and the entire city of Baltimore will be ecstatic and overwhelmed with emotion as we all raise our fists in the air and scream, “yes we did it!” When the cheers begin to diminish and the celebration dampens, the question will begin to loom, “Will Ray Lewis walk away from the game of football?”
Oh the memory of Ray’s infamous, gyrating dance which electrifies the stadium and ignites the purple passion which exists in every true and fair-weather fan is the mental logo of the Baltimore Ravens. The trash talking, compassionate pre-game speeches and the words of encouragement to his teammates, all of which defines one of the greatest men to ever play the game of football, is the strength of the team’s chemistry and success. His credentials are impeccable and his resume would be even more impressive if Ray manages to win a second Super Bowl ring.
Will Ray finally hang up his cleats and dance a different dance if and when he wins another championship? Can he finally walk away from the energy of the game, the one passion that he has lived and breathed for 16 seasons? Only Ray Lewis knows for sure, but the window is closing and this year could be the last season Ray Lewis suits up if the Baltimore Ravens manages to win the Super Bowl on February 5, 2012.