Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Ray Lewis officially joins ESPN
By Jamison Hensley
Ray Lewis retired from playing in the NFL, but the former Ravens linebacker will still be suiting up during the football season. This time, however, Lewis will actually be wearing a suit and not a helmet.
Lewis has officially joined ESPN as an NFL studio analyst, the network announced in a news release. He will appear on "Monday Night Countdown," "Sunday Night Countdown" and "SportsCenter," while also contributing to ESPN’s annual Super Bowl coverage.
“Ray is a tremendous addition to our NFL roster and he will have an immediate impact on our coverage,” said John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice president, production. “One of the most accomplished players in NFL history, fans will be drawn to his knowledge, experience and, of course, the passion he always exudes for the game.”
Lewis will travel to the site of each week’s "Monday Night Football" game where he will offer analysis alongside Stuart Scott, Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young and former Ravens teammate Trent Dilfer. He will also contribute to "Sunday NFL Countdown" throughout the season and make a weekly appearance on ESPN Radio’s "Mike and Mike in the Morning." There's a chance that Lewis will host specials similar to Jon Gruden's QB Camp series.
“ESPN is such a big part of how fans watch and experience sports, especially the NFL, so I’m excited to join their team," Lewis said. "I’m ready to bring the same level of passion to this next phase of my life as I brought to the field during my years as a player. I can’t wait to work with my new teammates, many of whom I’ve already known for years.”
Lewis will join ESPN on Aug. 1. No word on whether pregame pep talks or dances are part of the deal.