With only a few days remaining before Super Bowl XLVII gets underway at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, one player that is receiving more media attention than any other is superstar linebacker Ray Lewis.
Once Lewis let it be known that he intends to retire after the season, regardless of whether or not the Baltimore Ravens win a title or not, the attention directed right at the one-time Super Bowl champion.
Although Lewis’ retirement plans are dominating the headlines heading towards the Super Bowl, the veteran linebacker isn’t thinking about the off-season and his pending retirement, but rather the San Francisco 49ers. Lewis talked about focusing on the 49ers via ESPN.com:
“Honestly, outside of putting my head in the playbook and studying San Fran, I really haven’t thought about anything else,” Lewis said.
“It’s going to be a great day, period, no matter what happens. And that’s kind of the way I’ve approached it,” he said. “I haven’t even said, ‘Oh man, this is your last game, what do you think?’ I really haven’t. Because I just really am keeping my teammates focused on the real prize.”
With less than a week to go before the Ravens take on the 49ers, the San Francisco is favored by -3.5 to come out on top over Baltimore.
The Ravens have been running pure emotion over the past few weeks as they were able to pull off incredible upset victories over the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots in consecutive weeks on the road.
Another player that was supposedly considering retirement on the Ravens was veteran safety Ed Reed. The consensus was that Reed would either call it a career, re-sign with the team or sign elsewhere.