Few played the game more on edge than Ray Lewis.
He told a story about that today, but he made sure to point out that aggression stayed between the whistles.
“I’m sitting here listening to this young kid Rashard Mendenhall,” Lewis said on Fox Sports 1’s Speak for Yourself. “Comes in the league, and starts talking, and we getting ready to play them, and he says ‘Oh I saw his tape, I’m not impressed.’ Really?! Really, OK. We still got to play. Between the whistle, ya, and am I proud about it, absolutely not. But the moment I touched him, I felt his collarbone pop.
“The moment I touched him, because I was going to do what I came there to do. Which was shut yo mouth, between the whistles.”
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) October 21, 2016
Lewis told this story in response to Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s latest punishment. He was fined $75,000 by the NFL for what appeared to be him stomping on the back of New England Patriots’ running back LeGarrette Blount’s leg.
The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker said that someone on the team needs to stand up to Burfict and let him know those actions are a hurting the team, and may cost the man his career.