There are MANY of us Ravens fans that think/feel that Ray Lewis' schtick wore off a long, long time ago. The whole over-the-top religious stuff is tiresome, annoying and boring. That being said, he has been arguably the best MLB to ever play the game and his accomplishments and achievements on the field cannot be minimized. Greatest ever? I personally think so, and I saw Butkus, Singletary, Nitschke, Nobis, etc....You may feel otherwise, and that's great. That's part of what makes American football the success it is; the ability to engender that type of passionate discourse between fans. I, for one, am pleased Ray Lewis' career has come to an end on a high note. Is all his "stuff" sincere and legit? I don't know, and it really isn't of any import to me. I'll let Ray and The Supreme Being hash that out.
I DO know, however, that those who continue to label him a "killer" or a "murderer" are either ignorant of the facts revolving around the Atlanta case, or just flat-out stupid. If one takes the time to read the transcripts and to look at the IMPARTIAL EVIDENCE which is readily available, the continual hammering of the charge "murderer/killer" provides a greater indictment of the person speaking than it does of Lewis.
On another note, I have a real hard time understanding the opinion I've seen on this board regarding this year as being the "shot" for the 49ers. I readily admit I do not know your cap situation, but from what I have seen of the talent on the field, the 49ers should be a force for the next few years. The LB crew, (when healthy), is far and away the best in the NFL, CK7 is for real, Gore is still a top-flight RB, etc.... a good draft for you guys and I'd bet you will be back in the NFC Championship/SB next year.
[ Edited by jaydee414 on Feb 4, 2013 at 2:28 PM ]