National Football League linebacker Ray Lewis certainly did not waste too much time enjoying retirement.
The two-time Super Bowl champion has already lined up his next gig, as it was officially announced today that he was joining ESPN as a pro football analyst. The move has been speculated about for months, beginning about the same time that Lewis announced that last season would be his final hurrah.
Lewis, a 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker, spent his entire career with the Baltimore Ravens, playing with them from 1996-2013. His career was marred by a messy incident where he was linked to a double murder, with him eventually pleading guilty to a lesser charge of a misdemeanor of obstruction of justice, with Lewis receiving 12 months’ probation.
During his career, Lewis was known for his big plays, big celebrations and his devout religious beliefs. Expect to see that from Lewis at ESPN, he says.
"I’m ready to bring the same level of passion to this next phase of my life as I brought to the field during my years as a player," he added.
He has appeared on air for ESPN in the past, showing up last season on NFL Live and doing guest roles in the past. He is expected to appear on Monday Night Countdown, Sunday Night Countdown and on SportsCenter in the new role.
He begins his new role on August 1.