If you are a real football fan, you appreciate greatness. Greatness doesn’t just come around all the time. Sometimes we forsake greatness until it has gotten old and slow then we realize how great a player was.
In my generation greatness has been amongst us in several instances. I was able to watch the greatest wide receiver to ever play the game as Jerry Rice rewrote the record books. I was also able to catch the end of the career of Walter Earl Payton as he excelled into the realm of great backs in the league. I witnessed the decade of Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders that will not be duplicated by any two backs of different styles for that period of time. I even witnessed the greatness that is Lawrence Taylor, who in my estimation is the greatest outside linebacker to ever play the game.
Sometimes as fans we take greatness for granted. Enter Ray Lewis. Following the career of Ray Lewis has been remarkable for me. When he was at the University of Miami, #theU, he was a wrecking machine. However no one knew he would be that great on the next level. When he was drafted by the Ravens, I happened to be in Baltimore doing an internship and when I saw him on the practice field, I was like he is going to get killed at that size on this level.