Ravens' Lewis happy for team ahead of Super end to career

Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:31pm EST
 
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By Larry Fine

(Reuters) - Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis could not have dreamed of a sweeter end to his 17-year career than returning to the Super Bowl, but the 13-time Pro Bowl linebacker said he was happiest for his team mates.

The 37-year-old Lewis, who got to raise the Lombardi Trophy in 2001, is the only remaining member of that Baltimore title team as the Ravens return to the Super Bowl for the first time in 12 years.

"To do it for (Joe Flacco), to do it for Sizzle (Terrell Suggs), to do it for Ray Rice, to do it for Ed Reed ... I really wanted them to feel what that confetti felt like, just hearing your name being announced going to the Super Bowl," Lewis said after Sunday's 28-13 win over New England in the AFC title game.

That road victory lifted the Ravens into the National Football League title game on February 3 in New Orleans against the San Francisco 49ers, who beat Atlanta for the NFC crown.

Lewis has already announced this postseason would be his "last ride," and the two-time defensive player of the year has spent a lot of time reflecting on his life in football.

"There's something special in that locker room," Lewis said. "There's just a certain type of love that we have for each other.

"You walk in your locker room, and sometimes (it is) the hardest thing for me to do. It's hard because sometimes you walk in the locker room and everybody wants something from you," he said about high expectations.

"I'm willing to give everything back to them. Everything, no matter if it's leadership, if it's teaching them, ‘Don't make the same mistakes I made in life. Learn from my mistakes.'   Continued...