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SBD/March 14, 2013/Media
ESPN Vetted Ray Lewis' Past Before Hiring Him As NFL Analyst
Published March 14, 2013
GETTING DROPPED IN THE DEEP END: Lewis made the rounds at ESPN yesterday, appearing on several different programs, and he was repeatedly asked about the Ravens' offseason moves. He said, “I see all of my former teammates signing huge deals, going here, going there, and I’m just so happy for them.” He noted Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome has does a "great job in what he does." Lewis: "At the same time, I believe he has his work cut out for him. But I think he’s up for the challenge” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 3/13). Lewis said the loss of the players by the Ravens is “more surprising because of the way it was done,” especially the way WR Anquan Boldin was traded to the 49ers. The Ravens reportedly did not call Boldin to tell him he had been traded, and Lewis said, “I know the business side takes care of itself and that’s one thing. But with all of the moves that’s being made, to do it that way...” Lewis said the franchise did a similar player turnover prior to the '01 season after winning the Super Bowl, and it "took us years as an organization to recover from that” (“NFL Live,” ESPN, 3/13).