Ray Lewis Doesn’t Like What He Sees In Today’s NFL

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Ray Lewis was viewed as one of the NFL’s most physical players during his run as a Baltimore Ravens linebacker. Not everyone loved Lewis, but he loved the game. And he is worried about it.

Mostly, it seems, he is agitated with how the NFL is officiated. Lewis used the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV to illustrate his point. The Chiefs were flagged eight times, leading Lewis to turn off the television.

“I can’t watch it,” Lewis told Fox News. “I’ve seen this before; I don’t want to watch this.”

Lewis said the NFL is almost a different sport from when joined the Ravens as a rookie in 1996.

“It’s a league that makes it hard to watch from a defensive player. The art of why the game started, you know, tackling, you know, the big hit, the change in the course of a game, changing the way players from the offensive side think about the defensive side when you got to attack Dick Butkus or Mike Singletary,” Lewis told Fox News, before insisting that “the essence of the game is leaving.”  

As little as Lewis likes the rules and officiating, he seems to be at least equally as bothered by the lack of overall loyalty.

“When you think about Baltimore when you think about the city, you think about one person. That’s the legacy. I don’t think they [players] even think that far. Sometimes I think they get mad at management, and they get mad at owners and they just want to do it their way. And it’s like, well, I want out and I get it. I get it. And I could have said that you know, we went three, four years, you know, without having a winning season. But, I wouldn’t leave my city because I wanted to walk on the other side of that when the game was over,” Lewis said. “… But, you know, maybe I’m a unicorn, one of the last ones.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.


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  1. Nearly every upper management member of the NFL is a lawyer, to include the Commish. Every lawyer in the NFL is a leftist. Every lawyer in the NFL is killing their sport one absurd weak sissified rule after another including the commish.

    REAL fans- those that have been here for years paid the freight, bought the tix and ‘seat licences’ jerseys and expensive signed objects galore see it and are saddened by the wussification of a mans sport, a sport of strategy, action and dare I say it- violence of action.

    Pathetic- I’m no Lewis fan but here he is 1000% correct.

    You think these weak ass generations coming up now bathed and slathered in sissy weak no self confident miasma is going to support the NFL like we did? I have a bridge to sell you if so.

    • I agree with everything you said, Mark. Unfortunately, they have had to pussify the game due to all the litigation now and, most likely, in the future regarding brain injury.

    • That’s a really interesting point about the lawyers and leftists at the top. Think about who’s at the wheel of this runaway woke train? Corporate Billionaires. Who owns all NFL teams except the Packers? Corporate Billionaires. If I wanted to undermine and influence American masculinity where might I start a propaganda campaign? Maybe the most masculine, tough guy, physical, popular sport that can influence the most people with its massive audience? When you see a lot of coincidences happening at once it stops becoming coincidental.

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