Lewis still working as hard as anyone

Lewis still working as hard as anyone
September 22, 2012, 5:54 pm

The fans and those who follow the Ravens see Ray Lewis still flying around on the field despite being in his 17th year in the NFL.
But those who work with the Ravens see what goes on behind the scenes and how hard Lewis works. Those are the things that help Lewis often play at such a high level and be a major cog in the Baltimore defense 16 years after coming into the NFL.
Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees was asked about the way Lewis gets ready and how interesting its been to see it from the inside.
The thing I have always said about Ray is he approaches every year and every game and every week like he is a young guy in a young part of his career, Pees said. He has never gotten to the point of slowing down, which a lot of great ones dont, and he is a great one.
Pees said Lewis works hard every day and doesnt take anything for granted. In other words, at his age and with his experience, Lewis could ease up at times.
But he wont.
I told you, he sits there in the room, and he looks like a rookie back there writing down notes, watching film, coming in and telling you things that you may or may not have seen as a coach, Pees said. He studies. Its important to him, and he studies. There are a lot of guys, sometimes after certain years, they go I kind of have all the answers. He is not like that.
In other words, Lewis continues to work and look for new answers every day. Every week brings a different challenge, no matter how many years youve played or coached, and the preparation helps Lewis and all players get ready to play well.
That is the thing that, I think, a lot of people may not see, Pees said. He is a student of the game. Besides being a good player physically and emotionally, he is a great player mentally.