Ray Lewis celebrated his second championship after his former team, the Baltimore Ravens, won Super Bowl XLVII and a mysterious blackout. Questions remain about the blackout, and the former NFL player said it was no accident.
Lewis, Joe Flacco and John Harbaugh offer their insights from Ravens’ Super Bowl run
In fact, if you ever bump into Lewis, it might be worth asking him about Area 51 or the Kennedy assassination because, apparently, the former Ravens star linebacker is a bit of a conspiracy theorist.
That’s one of the nuggets gleaned from NFL Films’ latest submission to the America’s Game series, which documents every Super Bowl winner using first-person accounts of three or four key figures from each championship team.Lewis, who is joined by quarterback Joe Flacco and coach John Harbaugh for the 2012 Ravens edition of America’s Game, offered the following thoughts on the half-hour power outage in the Louisiana Superdome that nearly derailed his famed “last ride” in Super Bowl XLVII.
“I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing — because I don’t know facts,” says Lewis. “But you’re a zillion-dollar company, and your lights go out? No. (Laughs) No way.”
Lewis explains the possibilities.
“Now listen, if you grew up like I grew up — and you grew up in a household like I grew up — then sometimes your lights might go out, because times get hard. I understand that. But you cannot tell me somebody wasn’t sitting there and when they say, ‘The Ravens (are) about to blow them out. Man, we better do something.’ … That’s a huge shift in any game, in all seriousness. And as you see how huge it was because it let them right back in the game.”
Lewis was, of course, referring to the San Francisco 49ers’ post-outage comeback from a 22-point third-quarter deficit, a rally that fell just short as the Ravens hung on for a 34-31 victory that brought Lewis a second ring in the final game of his 17-year NFL career.
Reflections like Lewis’ thinly veiled hypothesis provide added flavor to a story, season and league that’s seemingly been covered from every conceivable angle given the never-ending thirst for all things NFL.