NEW ORLEANS – Twelve years ago, Ray Lewis spent an uncomfortable hour at Podium 7 at Raymond James Stadium, squinting into the Tampa sun as he faced a barrage of unwelcome questions. The Baltimore Ravens' polarizing linebacker was testy, curt and defiant, giving answers like "nah" and "next question" and "football, football, football."
At one point then-teammate Shannon Sharpe stood behind him upbraiding the horde of reporters for fixating on the murder investigation in which Lewis had been embroiled in the wake of the previous year's Super Bowl. Five days before he would lead the Ravens to a 34-7 victory over the New York Giants, Lewis' Super Bowl XXXV media day experience was not a particularly pleasant one.
On Tuesday, XII media days later, Lewis sat at a similar podium under the Mercedes-Benz Superdome roof and finally had his day in the sun. The retiring legend was relaxed, eloquent and reflective, even as he faced some tough questions regarding a Sports Read More »from Ray Lewis' second time under media day spotlight goes much smoother than first