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Ray Lewis to join ESPN at season's end

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05:52 PM ET 01.03 | Ray Lewis will move into the television studio when he retires at the season's end, as the linebacker is reportedly near a deal with ESPN to join their Monday Night Countdown show, according to media reporter Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated. Lewis has reportedly been meeting with networks throughout the season, most of which he has been injured for. Deitsch reports that many networks considered Lewis high on their lists of NFL players that would make good potential broadcasters, making his services highly sought after. However, Lewis considered ESPN a good fit out of a desire to see his son, Ray Lewis III, play college football for the University of Miami -- a requirement that would not fit with networks that air games on the weekends. Although Lewis is apparently close to signing a deal, no official word will be made until his NFL career is officially over.

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January 3, 2013  06:09 PM ET

ESPN won't ever have to worry about Ray being at a loss for words.

January 3, 2013  06:22 PM ET

Murderer: Thats all he is!!

January 3, 2013  06:50 PM ET
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Murderer: Thats all he is!!

Oh please

January 3, 2013  06:59 PM ET

So - how many experts can espen squeeze into two sets?

January 3, 2013  07:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

So - how many experts can espen squeeze into two sets?

Come on man, espn needs at least 10 talking heads on MNF countdown.


Actually this guy is going to be another annoying S. Sharp kind of hot air.

January 3, 2013  07:33 PM ET
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Come on man, espn needs at least 10 talking heads on MNF countdown. Actually this guy is going to be another annoying S. Sharp kind of hot air.

Actually, I like Ray. He could easily replace MeShawn with little or no prep.

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January 3, 2013  07:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

So - how many experts can espen squeeze into two sets?

I'm sort of hoping Lewis squeezes Berman out completely.

I can dream.

January 3, 2013  07:48 PM ET
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Actually, I like Ray. He could easily replace MeShawn with little or no prep.

He's going to be far better that MeShawn and could be one of the better people they have. He's a lot more than people give him credit for.

January 3, 2013  08:03 PM ET

Maybe he can join Chucky in the Booth or on the side line!!!! Not a bad Gig!!

January 3, 2013  08:32 PM ET

Better take a speech class. ..

January 3, 2013  09:34 PM ET
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Better take a speech class. ..

Actually, I think he's articulate, and he can keep people's attention. That's all you need. He'll be fine.

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January 3, 2013  10:23 PM ET

Will he be working as a commentator or hit man?

January 3, 2013  10:27 PM ET

Great news. He can join ESPN's resident psychopath (Chris Berman) and their resident thug (Keyshawn Johnson). So ESPN got rid of Michael Irvin because of his involvement with drugs and underage girls, but they welcome the Super Bowl XXXV "Most Valuable Prisoner" with open arms? Where exactly does ESPN draw the line?

January 3, 2013  10:27 PM ET

Ray Lewis. Murderer.

January 3, 2013  10:27 PM ET

that is all we need is one more moron on espn.

January 3, 2013  11:02 PM ET

Is he replacing Meril Hoge?

January 4, 2013  12:44 AM ET

Being in the company of murderers does not make you a murderer. Was it sketchy? Sure. Did he kill anyone? Nope.

 
January 4, 2013  01:15 AM ET

Ray would be a welcome addition to First Take, go kick some ass!

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