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A Legend in the Making: Inside the Mind of
Ray Lewis
Glen Davis
Dr. Martin Lewis
Morgan State University

A Legend in the Making: Inside the Mind of
Ray Lewis
Every couple of years, there are only a handful of special players who are come along in the NFL. These players have the ability to change the game or help it evolve. About 12 years ago, the Baltimore Ravens were fortunate enough to add one of these special players to their team. Ray Lewis was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the 1996 draft. Lewis made an immediate impact in his first couple of seasons and became the one of the best linebackers in the NFL. However, this individual also faced some hardships in their career. From injuries and losing seasons to accolades and awards, this person has seen it all. Ray Lewis is a very passionate player; however this individual is also very smart and has a high football i.q. To better understand this individual, or any athlete, it’s best to start from the beginning. So I decided to focus on these aspects of this person’s life: 1. Biographical

2. Personal
3. Professional
4. Mental/Emotional
Lewis is known throughout the entire National Football League. He has a lot of younger men that look up to him and come to him for advice. It’s interesting to see what type of mental state he is in. Biographical

Ray Lewis was actually born Ray Jenkins on May 15, 1975 in the small town of Lakeland, Florida to Buffy Jenkins and his father Raymond Jackson. At the time of his birth, his father was 19 and his mother 15. Jackson then had his son's given name changed to Ray Jackson when Ray was just an infant. Raymond Jackson Sr. abandoned his family when his son was just a child. His mother, Sunseria Smith, had a friend in the military named Ray Lewis and she asked to borrow his name (Unger, 2009). Ray then decided to take his name because this man had been there for him more than his own biological father. At Kathleen High School, Ray Lewis was a bonfire superstar. He played both linebacker and running on the football team and with him as their star player Kathleen High School won numerous city and district titles. After a successful high school career, Lewis went on to play football for the University of Miami. He made an immediate impact starting the last 5 games of his freshman season. That season Lewis was named to the freshman All-American team. After his freshman season things couldn’t get any better, Lewis then went on to receive 1st team All-American and All-Big East honors. After his junior season at Miami, Lewis then decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft. Personal

Ray Lewis was raised in a single-parent home. After his father left him, it was just him and his mother. So, he had to be the “man” of the house at a young age. That situation in his childhood basically prepared him to be a father to his own children. Lewis has four children of his own that must raise. He’s doing it differently from the way he was raised. Unlike his father, Lewis is very heavily involved in the lives of his children. Ray Lewis is a special person, and however, he is not perfect. Lewis had a fearsome strength of mind to succeed as an athlete during his younger years. Just like any other human, Lewis has made stupid mistakes during his life. Whether it was on the field or off the field, he has definitely made some mistakes. In January 2000, Lewis was charged with first-degree murder last night for the deaths of two men outside a nightclub in Atlanta after a Super Bowl party. This incident really damaged Lewis’s image for a short period of time. However, Lewis's attorney arranged with prosecutors to dismiss the murder charges if Lewis pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice in exchange for him testifying against his friends that he was with that night Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting. From this point on, Lewis’ life had drastically changed. It seemed as if he had become...
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