No sentimental thoughts for Lewis until after Super Bowl

Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:04pm EST
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By Steve Ginsburg

OWINGS MILLS, Maryland (Reuters) - Ten days before playing the final game of his illustrious career, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis says he is too busy to become sentimental.

The Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on February 3, a fitting finale for the fiery future Hall of Famer regarded by many as the best linebacker of his generation.

"Honestly, outside of putting my head in a playbook and really just studying San Fran I ain't really thought about anything else," he said on Thursday at the team's training facility.

"It's going to be a great day, period, no matter what happens. And that's kind of the way I've approached it.

"I haven't even said, 'Oh, man this is your last game, what do you think?' I really haven't. I'm keeping my teammates focused on the real prize."

The real prize is the Vince Lombardi Trophy that goes to the winner of the Super Bowl.

CBS, the network that is televising the game, brought the trophy to the Ravens' facility in suburban Baltimore so the players could have their pictures taken while holding it.

Lewis, the only Ravens holdover from their 2001 Super Bowl triumph, had the trophy re-wrapped and shipped to San Francisco before anyone could touch it.   Continued...

Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis (52) takes the field in the NFL AFC Championship football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts, January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger