Ray Lewis: "There's no greater ride"
Since he has come back from a triceps injury to lead the Ravens into the Super Bowl, Ray Lewis has provided many enduring images — his last pregame dance at M&T Bank Stadium, coupled with a postgame dance at midfield; emotional, teary interviews in the wake of victory; and on Sunday, a welled-up face as the national anthem played before the AFC Championship Game.
Through it all, we have seen him after the game, stripped of his jersey and shoulder pads, sporting a T-shirt with “Psalms 91” on it. What does that Psalm say and how might it relate to Lewis, a man who professes a deep faith?
The Psalm begins: “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.' ”
This certainly fits with something Lewis has been saying over and over during the Ravens’ postseason run: “God don’t make mistakes.”
Then there is this relevant verse: “You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.”
There are no cobras or serpents in the postseason and the Lions didn’t make the playoffs, but metaphorically, if you’re so inclined, you could see the last two quarterbacks the Ravens have beaten, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, as “great lions.” And more than a few fans would view Patriots coach Bill Belichick as “the serpent.”
And as for the Super Bowl?
Psalm 91 also says God will look upon his servant this way: “He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”
If you’re so inclined, you can choose to believe that means another Super Bowl MVP is in Lewis’ future.