Probably not even the most ardent Ravens fan would argue that Ray Lewis had a great performance in the Super Bowl. But then there is what former Raven Trevor Pryce had to say about Lewis’ last NFL game.
Was Pryce deliberately trying to be provocative because he was appearing on Jim Rome’s radio show? Does Pryce have some old grudge against Lewis? What Pryce said certainly raises those questions.
Indicating that Lewis’ effect on the game was strictly emotional, Pryce said: "Half of his playoff check should go to [fellow Ravens linebacker] Dannell Ellerbe for making that last play on that last fade route. The other half to Greg Roman, the 49ers offensive coordinator.”
So what happened to Lewis? Pryce said he was nervous.
“I think he played with a case of the nerves. I think he had the yips. I really do,” Pryce said.
“He had it bad; he didn’t look like himself, even his new self. Forget his old self — that guy’s gone. That guy’s named [49ers linebacker] Patrick Willis. But even the guy he was [in the AFC Championship Game], he wasn’t that guy. He had a case of it bad, badly. It was almost like he was just hoping, ‘Let’s get this over with.’”
What would Lewis say about Pryce’s criticism? Just guessing, but I think he might again invoke Isaiah 54:17: “No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn … said the Lord.”
Trevor Pryce rips Ray Lewis' final game
CSN Baltimore | Feb 6