Ray Lewis Discusses New Book
Retired linebacker Ray Lewis met with Service members during a book signing at Fort Meade this month.
Stretching from the furniture section all the way to the far side of the store, military members and families lined up for a chance to meet the former Baltimore Raven at the installation’s Main Exchange.
With biceps and shoulders the size of bowling balls, the 6 foot 1 inch, 250 pound giant lifted three-year-old Bryce Stanforth with the gentleness of a lamb in order to greet him face-to-face.
“The sacrifices they make for people that they’ll never meet is the most heroic thing I have ever seen. I’m in awe of them.”
During his visit I had a chance to speak with Lewis regarding his appreciation for the military and about his new book “I Feel Like Going On.”
“I’ve always felt connected to the military,” said Lewis. “The sacrifices they make for people that they’ll never meet is the most heroic thing I have ever seen. I’m in awe of them.”
Only a short drive south of Baltimore, Lewis has previously visited Fort Meade on several occasions.
“Every time I come here I learn something new. I meet somebody new and it’s family for me. When I come here I feel [at] home.
Amazed at the responses he gets, the NFL star described his interaction with Service members as humbling.
“This is it. This is who protects our country,” said Lewis. “I love sending them bible scriptures and things of motivation to say ‘don’t ever grow weary of doing good. Just keep going.’ So that’s why being here is always special for me.”
This inspiration for others is the centerpiece of his new book “I Feel Like Going On,” now available in bookstores and online.
“One thing I’m finding out about the book now is it’s sending people back towards God.”
Lewis said the book teaches others that they don’t have accept the hand their dealt. People have the ability in themselves to change it.
“But you got to be willing to change it,” said Lewis.
In a press release describing the book we learn that “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.”
Lewis said his memoirs provide people with the principles of how to keep going.
“Don’t stop,” said Lewis. “Just keep going, no matter how bad it is.”
Lewis is scheduled to visit other military installations throughout the month including the Pentagon.