If you look back on the Baltimore Ravens’ magical run through the playoffs that was capped off by winning the Super Bowl, one thing stands out: the Ravens rallying around their emotional leader Ray Lewis and elevating their play in beating Denver, New England, and finally San Francisco en route to hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. No one can deny Lewis’ significance to the Ravens season, yet one former teammate of Lewis isn’t giving him any love for the win.
Ex Raven defensive end Trevor Pryce sounded off about Lewis, saying he was nervous among other things:
“Half of his playoff check should go to Dannell Ellerbe for making that last play on that last fade route. The other half to Greg Roman, the 49ers offensive coordinator.”
Pryce then continued roasting Ray:
“He had it bad; he didn’t look like himself, even his new self. Forget his old self, that guy’s gone, that guy’s named Patrick Willis. “But even the guy he was (in the AFC Championship Game), he wasn’t that guy. He had a case of it bad, badly. It was almost like he was just hoping let’s get this over with.”
I guess Pryce has a point. Lewis looked pretty awful at times, most notably when trying to cover Niners TE Vernon Davis and being sidestepped by Frank Gore when he had a clean shot at him. But, as I alluded to earlier, Ray Lewis’ biggest contribution was being the guy the team rallied around as an underdog to take a title back to Baltimore. Lewis has made enough plays in his career on the field, so I see it fitting that it ended with a Super Bowl win on a team where he was the unquestioned leader on and off the field.