Looking back less than three months ago, much was made of Ray Lewis and his last game in Baltimore. He earned it. He earned the right to bask in the glory for a team he has helped make relevant. But less was made about the win against the Colts and the circumstances that came with it. With this week being the anniversary of the Baltimore Ravens being born, it sheds light on how good we have had it as fans.
We all know what happened to the legendary Baltimore Colts. We won’t forget that. Even though I wasn’t born yet when the relocation took place, I see the anger of many fans in the state of Maryland and I can understand it.
But, the impact of Ray Lewis helped shift the football landscape in Baltimore. It is fitting that the player who arguably started it all for the Ravens is the player to end his last game in Baltimore with a win against the team that left.
Ray helped cure much of the anger Baltimore fans had over the NFL because of the Colts – the Super Bowl victory in 2000 was very cathartic for many. This latest one was icing on the cake. So much of the passion Ray Lewis brought to the field was for the fans.
He ended it in his last home game against the team that deserted us. That is the way you end a great career in Baltimore. Everything he played for also went a long way towards helping fans bask in the glory of the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens organization made great strides over the years to try and help the void for Baltimore. It hasn’t always been pretty, but they’ve won a lot of football games.
And the leader on the field for a great majority of those wins leaves his way too. Remember, without the Colts leaving, most likely there is no Ray Lewis – at least not in Baltimore.
To vanquish the city’s old team in his final home game on the way to winning another Super Bowl?
You could not have written a better book.
Way to go out Ray Lewis. Thanks a lot.