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Is Ray Lewis too old?

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08:01 AM ET 12.20 | Perhaps Sunday night, with the Ravens' defense submitting such a disappointing performance, but that hasn't stopped some from asking whether Ray Lewis is too old. After watching Lewis play against the Chargers, I think the Ravens still owe him one or two more games to show that his toe is completely healed and that he won't become a liability. ... But it's a tough situation for everyone involved. It's a sensitive issue for a coach who has been here only four years and for player who has been so great for so long and given so much to the city. In the next week or two, I think it's time for both Lewis and the coaching staff to sit down and find out what is best for the Ravens heading into the post season. It's about that time.

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December 20, 2011  08:20 AM ET

Um.....yea he is! He's missed a lot of tackles and gets blown by far too much these days. But if he lays a hit on you, you'll still feel it.

December 20, 2011  08:47 AM ET

It inevitable but, it's unpleasant to read threads about the potential of the end of the careers of both Ray Lewis and Payton Manning. Great players and leaders who spent their entire careers in the same uniform.

December 20, 2011  08:59 AM ET

It happens... I'd still take Uncle Ray Ray as the Greatest MLB ever, when in his prime, but...

December 20, 2011  08:59 AM ET

It happens... I'd still take Uncle Ray Ray as the Greatest MLB ever, when in his prime, but...

December 20, 2011  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It inevitable but, it's unpleasant to read threads about the potential of the end of the careers of both Ray Lewis and Payton Manning. Great players and leaders who spent their entire careers in the same uniform.

I agree. But probably more unpleasant would be if they overstayed their welcomes, at the cost of their health or their legacies. It's important to know when to call it a career, too.

December 20, 2011  09:04 AM ET

Well if you have to ask the question......? Then there is probably something to it. Best to go out in a blaze of glory if possible so this off season it might be time for a very introspective look by Ray. Ravens have a great GM (Ozzie Newsome) who should sit down with Ray.

December 20, 2011  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It inevitable but, it's unpleasant to read threads about the potential of the end of the careers of both Ray Lewis and Payton Manning. Great players and leaders who spent their entire careers in the same uniform.

It is inevitable, but at least Lewis played at such a high level for so long... Longer than probably anyone at the linebacker position ever has. So it was great while it lasted, but he really is starting to look a little old out there and may be time to hang it up while still on top.

December 20, 2011  09:20 AM ET

when he retires, does he go to prison finally for stabbing that guy to death?

December 20, 2011  09:23 AM ET

It is amazing that he has played such a violent position for so long at a high level.

December 20, 2011  09:26 AM ET
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when he retires, does he go to prison finally for stabbing that guy to death?

Probably not and he or his friends, who he rolled on, actually stabbed 2 guys to death.

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December 20, 2011  09:33 AM ET

....up until the injury, I thought he was having a good year. I haven't really seen a lot of the Ravens, but what I've read seemed pretty positive!

December 20, 2011  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

when he retires, does he go to prison finally for stabbing that guy to death?

and you were there to witness it?

December 20, 2011  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

and you were there to witness it?

I don't think Loki was being serious... He was pointing out, though, that there is still a very real possibility that Ray Lewis did stab one or two people to death. Some of the witnesses said Lewis wasn't involved, but at least one said that Lewis did do the stabbing.

December 20, 2011  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

when he retires, does he go to prison finally for stabbing that guy to death?

One thing for certain--nobody gives him too much bs in the joint...

December 20, 2011  10:01 AM ET
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It happens... I'd still take Uncle Ray Ray as the Greatest MLB ever, when in his prime, but...

Don't know that I have him as the greatest but he's damn sure in the discussion.

I saw Butkis before his knees went... Good God!!!

And Ray Ray is right up there...

December 20, 2011  10:06 AM ET
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One thing for certain--nobody gives him too much bs in the joint...

I beg to differ... I know it will never happen, but in the hypothetical sense that Lewis would go to the joint there would be no shortage of guys lining up to try and drop Lewis for the cred it would get them. Criminals aren't the smartest of people for obvious reasons. I used to be a Deputy Sheriff here in Virginia and when Vick was sentenced, there was talk that he may pass through our jail here, and even though he never would have been anywhere near gen pop there was talk among the inmates of wanting the lay him out just for no other reason than he is a celeb.

December 20, 2011  10:20 AM ET

wow, it only took 8 comments for some moron (go figure, it's Loki) who's still hung up on the year 2000 to make the "murder" comments.

he didn't do it and contrary to what people on here have said no one EVER testified in court that he was involved in the actual stabbings.

everyone knows it was his friends who committed the murder (the same friends that made a rap song later about killing Ray) and everyone knows that due to Georgia law and it's conditions that was the ONLY reason he was charged.

No one wants to talk about how the fight was started when Jacinth Baker (one of the two men who were stabbed) hit Reggie Oakley (a friend of Ray's) over the head with a bottle of champagne.

the 2 men who were murdered started the fight and the others may have reacted in self defense.

unless any of us were there we have zero right to accuse anyone.

now, back to the topic: Ray is no longer good on passing 3rd downs and coverage. He's a pure 2 down MLB now, period.

i also think it's funny how when Ray was "in decline" and then had a couple good seasons not many people outside Baltimore want to give him credit. But the SECOND he's looking bad everyone is all over him...go figure.

December 20, 2011  10:20 AM ET

Sooner or later everybody gets there!!!

 
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