Sunday, May 22, 2011
Ray Lewis: Ravens were 'minutes' from title
By James Walker
This week ESPN's Sal Paolantonio interviewed Baltimore Ravens linebacker and future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, who says he hasn't lost a step and has one more Super Bowl run left in him.
Lewis also believes the Ravens were extremely close to winning their second title the past few seasons. Baltimore had a pair of close playoff losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers following the 2008 and 2010 seasons. The Steelers went on to advance to the Super Bowl both times.
"Minutes away," Lewis said. "We've been in the playoffs the last three years. We've been to the AFC Championship and lost it. Minutes. Turnover here, turnover there."
Last season Baltimore blew a 21-7 halftime lead in Pittsburgh, which still stings the Ravens. Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh recently said the Ravens should have held on to win that game, as well. If so, Baltimore would have hosted the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game with a chance to play in Super Bowl XLV.
Lewis also had a different take on the NFL lockout, which has reached its 68th day and counting.
"Do this research if we don't have a season," Lewis told Paolantonio. "Watch how much evil -- which we call it crime -- watch how much crime picks up if you take away our game."