PLEASE NOTE: The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.
Ray Lewis played in his 12th Pro Bowl Sunday in Hawaii.
While he still visibly takes it seriously, he doesn’t want to go any more.
After NBC reporter Alex Flanagan confirmed with Lewis that there’s no way he is going to retire this offseason, she suggested she may see him in the Pro Bowl again next year.
“Absolutely not, no more Pro Bowls,” Lewis said. “I want the Super Bowl.”
Seven Ravens were voted into the Pro Bowl, but none of them had plans on attending. They came one stripped pass away from being in Indianapolis instead of Honolulu.
After their stinging AFC championship loss, four Ravens opted not to play in the NFL all-star game: safety Ed Reed, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and running back Ray Rice.
That left Lewis, guard Marshal Yanda, fullback Vonta Leach and guard Ben Grubbs as Baltimore’s representatives. It was Yanda and Grubbs’ first Pro Bowl and Leach’s second straight.
They all ended up being the winners, as the AFC topped the NFC, 59-41, in a Pro-Bowl record for offense.
The all-time series is now tied at 21. Miami wide receiver Brandon Marshall won Most Valuable Player honors with four touchdown receptions.
Leach scored a touchdown to give the AFC a 10-point lead with 11 minutes, 40 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The punishing fullback pushed his way across the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown and emphatically spiked the ball.
The mic’d-up Lewis was the Ravens’ featured star, however. While many players were clearly not giving their full effort, Lewis could not turn off his passionate play.
Lewis was barking out orders and coaching his teammates on defense. At one point, Lewis was instructing Steelers linebacker James Harrison.
“They’re going to throw hitches all day, bro,” he said, as shown by the telecast. “They ain’t going to do anything else. I’m just being honest.”
During a fourth-quarter punt return by Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, Lewis was going down the sideline yelling, “He housing it! He housing it!”
San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers came up to Lewis and said with a laugh, “I’ve never seen you that excited, man.”
Flanagan asked Lewis about his inability to flip the switch off.
“Competition is competition,” Lewis said. “You’ve got stars on both sides and it’s just classic seeing us go at each other. Sometimes it’s up and sometimes it’s down, but it’s the best opportunity to go against each other.”
Lewis also had many sideline conversations, including one about life and about the game of football with rookie Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller.
“Just having the conversations that we’re having, so many private conversations that we have as men, it would blow your mind,” Lewis said.
Lewis, 36, did confirm that he won’t change his mind on not retiring this offseason.
“That would be sad,” he said. “If I ever thought about that, that would be selfish for me and my craft, and that would be more selfish toward my teammates and city.”