I Feel Like Going On: Life, Game, and Glory by Ray LewisRay Lewis, legendary Baltimore Ravens linebacker and one of the greatest defensive players of his generation, holds nothing back on the state of football as well as his troubled childhood, his rise to athletic greatness, the storm that threatened to ruin his NFL career, and the devastating injury that nearly cost him a final moment of glory.
A lot of folks, they know my game, but they don’t know my deal. This book right here, it tells the story of my seventeen-year NFL career. It tells of my two Super Bowls, the mark I was blessed to be able to make on the game, on the city of Baltimore. But it also tells the story of how I grew up—abandoned by my no-account father, raised with my siblings by our God-fearing, hardworking single mother. It tells how I sometimes struggled off the field. It tells of the anguish and controversy that found me away from the game.
Mostly, it tells how heartbreak can sometimes lift you to greatness and glory—if you find a way to put your focus in faith, and faith in your focus.
When I left the game, confetti raining down on me and my teammates after winning the Super Bowl, I made a promise to myself to show how the game is really played at the highest level. That’s what you’ll find in these pages—a raw, honest look at the business of football and a look behind the scenes at some of the most torturous aspects of the game. The grind of the NFL—that’s what shines through.
My deal? That grind is a given. Every player who wears an NFL uniform has to slog through the same battles just to get to the league. But it’s how you prepare for those battles that defines you—and here I hope to show how an unwavering trust in God and an unbreakable sense of purpose can lift you from tragedy to triumph. From strength to strength, man—that’s the deal.
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Gilbert R. Boucher II Staff Photographer. Having been raised by a teenage single mom, former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis never got over the hurt of having an absentee father. To honor the stranger -- his mother's friend -- after whom he was named, Lewis promised to make that name great. Lewis said he turned to prayer at an early age "falling on my face listening to my mother scream and cry" after being beaten by various men in her life. His mother introduced him to who God really is and instilled that faith, he said. Through scripture, Lewis learned to trust in God and was guided by the words of Psalm 91, which made him feel "safe in the Lord.
Who Is Ray Lewis?
A poor home and neighborhood brought a wealth of lessons - and love. When the street lights flickered, Ray Lewis knew there were maybe five minutes left in the street football game before he would have to race home. He had to be home before the lights came completely on. These games, wherever they were played, were a gathering place for Lakeland youths living in the projects. The road to professional football began on these streets across from Bryant Stadium and surrounding parks.
Subscribe today! For me, the hard part was mostly in what I didn't have. I didn't have a father. I do now, but I didn't then. He claims the title, but he didn't earn it. He looks like me, moves like me, but he never took the time to know me, never played the part. He left the day I was born.