At 37-years-old Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker Ray Lewis has become something of an elder statesman of the NFL, wanting to take young players under his wing. As such, he’d like to sit down face-to-face with Cowboys’ receiver Dez Bryant, who is beyond gifted physically, but has struggled with off-the-field issues and the mental aspect of the game.
“A lot of the things he’s doing as a man I think would definitely be more personal attention that would help him kind of figure things out in life than hearing this or hearing that,” Lewis said, per the Dallas Morning News. “He is a person that I have said that I would definitely like to rap with for a minute and then just kind of see where his head is.”
Like Bryant, Lewis has had a run-in with the law, though more than a decade has passed since the 13-time Pro Bowler was involved in a fight in an Atlanta nightclub, after which two men were stabbed to death. That was back in 2000, and, after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge stemming from the incident, Lewis has repaired his reputation through extensive charity work and his leadership on and off the football field.
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