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Baltimore Ravens Retired LB Ray Lewis to Serve as Daytona 500 Honorary Starter

February 23rd, 2013 at 10:34 AM
By Josh Michael

Life just keeps getting better for the now retired Baltimore Ravens Linebacker, Ray Lewis, as he will serve as the honorary starter for the Great American Race tomorrow, the Daytona 500.

'Ray Lewis on the Superdome at Superbowl XLVII' photo (c) 2013, Au Kirk - license:

Let's just examine the past month for Lewis shall we, first he ends his last ride in perfect fashion, with a victory in Super Bowl XLVII to go out on top of the NFL, next, the Ravens announce that they will build a statue somewhere around M&T Bank Stadium to honor Lewis as a Baltimore great, then he get's to be there when his son signs his official letter of intent with the University of Miami to play linebacker with the Canes, and now he gets to wave the green flag at the biggest motor sports event in the world, the Dayton 500. Life is pretty good for Ray right now.

The defending Sprint Cup Champion, Brad Keselowski will be one happy guy when he sees Lewis, as Lewis called Keselowski on the eve of the 2012 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway and left him an inspirational voice message. Keselowski said he also often listens to Lewis' motivation speeches before races. When asked about Ray Lewis, Keselowski said:

''What I like about Ray Lewis, and I know he's got a lot of people that don't like him, so I'll acknowledge that,'' Keselowski said in November. ''But what I like about Ray Lewis is that he brings a level of passion that is really unparalleled in his sport, and he's successful because of it. It's kind of this mix of old school, mental prep that just fascinates me. So I've read a lot about him and obviously talked about that video and so forth, and I'm just constantly impressed by it. I want to bring that same level of passion, that same level of intensity to NASCAR that he's brought to his respective team in the NFL.''

'IMG_5558' photo (c) 2011, Parker Anderson - license:

It is not surprising to hear somebody say they get inspired from Ray Lewis, but to hear a NASCAR driver say it is a little surprising because of the vast difference in their respective sports. Ravens fans will get to see Lewis one more time tomorrow, as you just have to look for the man waving the green flag to get the Daytona 500 underway.


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