Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Lewis: 'Nothing personal' on final dance
By Jamison Hensley
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said his final dance in Baltimore was meant to salute the home fans and not show up the Colts.
Lewis was asked about the dance, which occurred during the final seconds of Sunday's wild-card victory, because Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne called it "disrespectful."
"It wasn't about them at that time. That was capping off a heck of a legacy," Lewis said Tuesday. "For 17 years, when he was Pop Warner playing football, I was in Baltimore. I guess the trot around the field was disrespectful, too. It wasn't even about them. The game was over. I didn't go toward their sideline and make no big issue. I've never been that type of player."
Lewis said he did the dance one last time because he was prompted to do so.
"My teammates were the ones who were encouraging me the most, saying go out and give it to us one more time knowing that this will be the last time that you do it in Ravens Stadium," he said.
Lewis and Wayne attended the University of Miami but played at different times there. Still, Lewis considers Wayne a friend.
"I don't take it a bad way," Lewis said. "Of course, after a loss, everybody's bitter. I've felt the same way many times. I love Reggie to death. It was never nothing personal between him and the Colts. It wasn't even about them. It was about me honoring my team and honoring my city."