The 17-year career of superstar linebacker Ray Lewis has officially come to an end. Lewis will walk away from the game as a two-time Super Bowl champion and a potential first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Along with winning two titles during his time with the Baltimore Ravens, Lewis has also won the Defensive Player of the Year awards twice and will go down as one of the greatest players to have ever played the linebacker position.
Immediately following the win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, the speculation has run rampant in terms of what Lewis intends to do next. Lewis let it be known that he will not be returning next season despite the doubts of some teammates and will become an NFL analyst for ESPN.
With Lewis’ passion for the game and reluctance to call it a career over the past few years, there’s been talk of Lewis possibly giving coaching a shot at some point whether it be next year or in the near future.
Head coach John Harbaugh has asked Lewis about coaching in some capacity with the Ravens and apparently the 37-year-old has no interest according to Sporting News:
Ray Lewis doesn’t want to make the transition from player to coach—not yet anyway.
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Thursday that Lewis, who retired after the Super Bowl, “has not expressed an interest to coach.”
Lewis’ stance on the coaching front may change in the years to come. The passion for the game that Lewis possesses may very well lead him back to the NFL and the Ravens if the job with ESPN as an analyst does not pan out or fails to satisfy the future Hall of Famer after 17 years in the league.
At this point in time, Lewis seems to be content taking the job with ESPN like many other former NFL players have done in the past. It remains to be seen whether or not Lewis will be a good fit as an NFL or is drawn back to the game he loves in a coaching capacity.