In this searing memoir, Ray Lewis—legendary Baltimore Ravens linebacker and one of the greatest defensive players of his generation—opens up about the state of football as well as his troubled childhood, his rise to athletic greatness, and the accusations that threatened to ruin his NFL career.
Ray Lewis’s storied seventeen-year career and two Super Bowl wins have earned him a place among the greats who have played the game. In his memoir, he brings us right onto the field to see the action from a player’s point of view. But he also has much to say about his struggles off the field, including his father abandoning him as a child, his best friend’s murder, and his own wrongful incarceration that threatened to cut short his football career. But, as Lewis will attest, these heartbreaks helped lead him to renew his faith and on to become MVP when the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2000, eventually taking him to a second Super Bowl title in his final season.
Newly retired, Lewis reveals his controversial opinions on the business of football and offers insights about the torturous aspects of the sport that you don’t see on television. From a rookie player accused of murder to arguably the best defensive player in the history of the NFL, Lewis’s story is one of triumph and tragedy, tenacity and strength.
Now a devoted father of six, Lewis attributes his athletic and personal success to his strong faith and unwavering trust in God. More than just an incredible rise to glory, Lewis’s story provides an honest and nuanced look at the most popular sport in America from one of football’s most respected players.
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About the Author
Ray Lewis is widely considered to be one the most dominant defensive players in the history of the NFL. Lewis led the Baltimore Ravens to victory in Super Bowl XXXV (where he was named Super Bowl MVP) and again in Super Bowl XLVII, in what would be the final game of his career. The Ravens’ all-time career leader in tackles and fumble recoveries, Lewis was selected for the Pro Bowl twelve times (a record for linebackers) and named AFC Defensive Player of the Year three times before retiring in 2013. Today, Lewis is an analyst for the NFL on ESPN and runs the Ray Lewis 52 Foundation, which provides support to disadvantaged youths in Baltimore.
Daniel Paisner is the author of more than fifty books, including The Complete Game: Reflections on Baseball, Pitching, and Life on the Mound; and Scratching the Horizon: A Surfing Life; and eleven New York Times bestsellers. He’s written on topics ranging from business and sports, to politics and entertainment. He is also one of the busiest collaborators in publishing, having had a hand in the autobiographies and memoirs of some of our best-known atheletes, actors, politicians, television personalities, and “ordinary” individuals who have managed to conquer extraordinary situations.
Table of Contents
October 14, 2012 When You Know What You Know, Do What You Do xi
1 Say My Name 1
2 Pick'Em Up, Bust'Em 17
3 Respect Me Like You Sweat Me 33
4 One Alligator 51
5 Welcome to Miami 73
6 Hurricane Seasons 87
7 Draft Day 111
8 Ride That Train 127
9 Atlanta 141
10 Resurrection 173
11 I Feel Like Going On 197
12 "This Ain't Over" 209
13 The 40-Yard Line 223
Postgame: My City Is Burning 245
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was a great read! I applaud Ray Lewis for allowing himself to be both vulnerable and transparent in sharing his triumphs as well as his trials in life and on the football field. He gave the world a very realistic view inside his life as a human being who also happened to be a NFL star. He shared his inner strengths and weaknesses as well as his most intimate feelings regrading his upbringing, his home life, and his determination to succeed despite the obstacles he faced. The book is very inspirational, motivational, and encouraging. It's a perfect gift to give to anyone but especially to any young man who needs encouragement and motivation to dream big, think positive, and to fight hard against all obstacles in order to succeed.
Great book about life and struggle to achieve greatness.
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Overall, I Feel Like Going On Life, Game, and Glory is a good read for the avid American football fan. For some football is a lifestyle and it is all they know. For a very select few it is a hobby or job. Ray Lewis tells what it is like growing up, and what his journey to the top of the NFL pyramid looked like. Lewis has had many rough patches along the way, but throughout this book, his whole journey is told through the eyes of Lewis himself and what he has been able to accomplish. If the reader is willing to take the journey with Ray, then the reader will not be disappointed, he does an excellent job at making the reader feel like they are right next to Ray going through his journey. The author does an excellent job at portraying his side of the story and does not leave any detail out. Lewis has had many awards throughout his storied career as a NFL linebacker, Lewis has been elected to 13 Pro-Bowls in his 17 year career, two-time Super Bowl Champion in 2001 and 2013, he was named Super Bowl XXXV MVP, NFL All-Decade team of the 2000’s, and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2003, which is awarded to an athlete who excels on the field and off the field. His rise to the top may have been rocky, but it was a bittersweet goodbye to one of the greatest outside linebackers this game of football has ever seen.
Ray's story is honest and filled with truth. He is an inspiration and is hands down one of the greatest ever to play in the NFL. A compassionate man he is , a man of principle, a man of integrity, a devoted father, a devoted son. A fantastic read!