Ray Lewis Faith Talk Raises Tim Tebow Comparison

Retiring Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Convinced God Is Blessing His Game?

Baltimore Ravens media relations director Chad Steele tweeted this image after his team beat the Denver Broncos Saturday night: "Great moment @ 1.5 hours after the game, Peyton Manning and his family waited to congratulate @raylewis52.com."
Baltimore Ravens media relations director Chad Steele tweeted this image after his team beat the Denver Broncos Saturday night:
“Great moment @ 1.5 hours after the game, Peyton Manning and his family waited to congratulate @raylewis52.com.” (Photo: Twitter/ CSteele32)

Tim Tebow has been cast as a “polarizing” figure in NFL by many media outlets due to his consistent outward expressions of his Christian faith, and has therefore become one of the most loved, yet hated, American football players. Ray Lewis, relishing his last shot at second Super Bowl trophy, has been drawing similar criticism for constantly talking about God and quoting the Bible in essentially every interview he’s had since announcing his retirement recently.

Lewis has told The New York Times that his most-sought after Bible passage is Psalm 91 as it gives him peace. He also told the Times that the biblical figure he most readily identifies with is shepherd-boy-turned-king David, who is noted for his strong devotion to God in spite of his many flaws.

After Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens came back to beat the heck out of the Denver Broncos (38-35) Saturday night, he spoke with the media about the win:

Apparently, Lewis’ God talk got on the nerves of two WEEI jockeys, one of whom called the linebacker’s “act” tough to swallow — saying he believes Lewis’ faith expressions are “50 percent act.”

The other jockey shared, “It aggravates you when people bring the ‘lawd’ into sports. Especially when they talk about… predestined… I mean that is just foolish. Absolutely foolish, Ray Lewis, to think that God in heaven above pointed his finger at you guys today said ‘you’re gonna win.’”

Not surprisingly, the same questions arose when Tebow started doing his sideline prayers during Broncos games in the 2011-12 season — some thought the evangelical Christian was a phony, while others just found his God talk uber annoying, and many questioned if God even cares about football…or any sport.

What’s your take — is Ray Lewis overdoing it with the God talk? And if a Christian can expect God’s help in any vocation — why is the athletic realm off limits — or is it?

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