NEW ORLEANS – Ray Lewis has been faced with some questions he didn't much like in the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVII, and his alleged use of deer antler spray leaves him in danger of finishing his career with some extra scars on his legacy.
But while the Baltimore Ravens icon has gone into the kind of defensive mode that has terrorized all those opposing offenses for the past 17 seasons, his biggest defense comes clad in purple and black, in the form of his Ravens teammates.
The respect held for Lewis in this organization goes way beyond the normal bounds of camaraderie. It is like a cult, and no negative words will be tolerated about a man who is an on- and off-field leader, whatever other unpleasant aspects there are to his story.
So much so that all across the Ravens haven of the locker room, there are homages that have been planned and devised in detail, even with a playoff run and the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers to focus on.
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