After a 17-year career with the Baltimore Ravens, Linebacker Ray Lewis announced his retirement from the NFL about four weeks ago, at the end of the regular season.
Since then, an emotionally-charged Ravens team has kept Lewis playing as long as they can keep him in the game. After defeating the Indianapolis Colts, the teams has brought an improbable playoff run to the Superdome in New Orleans, where they will face the San Francisco 49ers.
The deep touchdown pass to Torrey Smith with time winding down against the Broncos. The interception in double-overtime by Peyton Manning. Beating Brady in his home stadium, filled with New England Patriots fans.
All the while, Ray Lewis has led all players in the postseason in tackles, as game after game, he would not be content with anything less than the toughest play and the desire to win it all from each of his teammates.
It would seem that the Ravens have given him one last shot at winning it all. One final game to bring a perfect close to an illustrious career.
But is Ray Lewis the reason the Ravens are in the Super Bowl? Many will wonder for a moment about all that the Ravens have overcome this postseason, and have to consider the fact that the Ravens are destined to win the Super Bowl this year.
Is that it: Destiny?