The main topic of discussion heading into the showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII this weekend is the pending retirement of superstar linebacker Ray Lewis.
With the 17-year veteran announcing he’ll retire at season’s end, regardless of a Super Bowl win or loss, the media has jumped on the opportunity to cover every aspect of Lewis’ life and career in the NFL.
Although Lewis hasn’t backed off his retirement and has actually reiterated his desire to walk away from the game over the last few weeks of the NFL playoffs, veteran safety Ed Reed isn’t so sure his longtime teammate will walk away after the Super Bowl via Chris Wesseling of NFL.com:
In fact, long-time teammate Ed Reed warned reporters gathered in New Orleans not to be “so sure” that Super Bowl XLVII will indeed be the future Hall of Famer’s last game.
“Maybe he’ll play 10 games next year,” added Reed.
With Lewis continuing to stick by his retirement plans, there’s no telling whether or not he’ll actually call it a career after the game against the 49ers on Sunday in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Speculation surrounding Reed’s return next season has also started to circulate throughout the year with no clear indication concerning his intentions until the Ravens reached the Super Bowl. Reed has made it clear that he intends to return to the NFL next season, but it remains uncertain whether or not that will return will be in Baltimore or with another team.
The New England Patriots have shown interest in Reed and may make a run at signing the veteran safety in March once he officially becomes a free agent.
As for Lewis, the retirement plan continues to hold up regardless of Reed’s comments about his teammate possibly returning next season.