Legendary former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is starting a new career as a studio analyst for ESPN. However, Lewis' No.52 jersey is still a major seller in many retailers.
Lewis' coveted number 52 jersey is even outselling jerseys worn by NFL stars who are still playing, such as Brian Urlacher of the Chicago Bears. Additionally, Lewis' number three ranking in jersey sales last season was the highest for a defensive player since Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu graced the high positions.
His inspiring, tenacious personality has caught the hearts of many NFL fans and this is resembled through his number eight ranking in Jersey sales this season.
The spotlight was shone on Lewis in the 2012 Super Bowl, as it was his last chance to acquire another ring before he retired.
His trademark pep talks furthermore helped him win the hearts of many NFL fans around the globe. Lewis has big plans for his new career and intends to become a top broadcaster for ESPN, even though he has only recently retired as a player.
Lewis told BizJournals: "A lot of people have only been introduced to my football mentality — and it is hard to get people to understand the football mentality unless you've lived it.
"I think I am totally different when I'm not thinking about the battle, and I'm going to try to be the best at this. When people learn my personality and actually get into my head, they are going to be surprised by the way I think on an everyday and every-second basis."
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