The weird moment of Monday night’s gathering at The Lyric came when Ray Lewis walked in no longer a Raven.
The former Baltimore linebacker was in attendance for the premiere of the Super Bowl season DVD, and seemed pretty happy with retirement so far.
“Life is good. A lot of things are going on, but I’m spending a lot of time with the family, spending a lot of time with the kids and just been relaxing a lot. But I’m really soaking up the moment.”
Lewis acknowledged that it’s strange to no longer be on the roster.
“I think in a lot of ways, honestly. There’s no question,” he said. “Every year’s always a new year, every offseason is always a new offseason, so you’re always gearing up for something. But for me now, it’s more gearing up for business, more gearing up for life, more gearing up to give. The pressure meter is down a little bit and that’s probably the biggest difference.”
As for what his future business will entail, there have been multiple reports in recent months that Lewis will be going into television with ESPN, but no deal has been finalized. Lewis expects it will.
“It’ll probably happen, it’ll probably happen. But it’ll happen on our time,” he said. “I think both sides understand what we’re doing and understand where we’re going with it.”
Lewis also responded to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti’s plan to build a statue in honor of the franchise icon.
“That’s probably one of the most humbling things you’ll ever hear for someone to do something like that,” Lewis said.
Lewis does have some business remaining with the Ravens, as his locker at the Under Armour Performance Center remains as he left it.
“It’s funny. I haven’t cleaned it out yet,” Lewis said. “I haven’t even been back over there yet. When I go back, I’m just going to relax and chill over there when I do go back. So I haven’t moved anything out.”