OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WUSA) - Sunday the Baltimore Ravens will be playing for more than just a trip to the Super Bowl---they'll also be playing to extend Linebacker Ray Lewis' career one more game.
"We're gonna go out and give our best shot for our guy," Running Back Ray Rice said of the team's desire to win for Lewis.
Lewis, who missed most of the season due to injury, returned in the first week of the playoffs vs. the Colts. Days before the game he announced that he would retire once the season was over.
"When you've been doing something as long as I've been doing it, there's no such thing as knocking off the rust," Lewis said Wednesday when asked if it's been tough to get back in the flow of the game.
Much has been made of the emotional lift that Lewis' impending retirement has made on the team, but his return has provided more than just a mental boost.
"The football impact probably is always the most important thing," Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said of Lewis coming back. "Our team loves to play and they love Ray...Ray's played well... he's a top linebacker in the game at this very moment."
We'll find out Sunday night on WUSA9 if the Ravens can keep Lewis' career alive for one more game.