Ray Lewis Close To Joining ESPN

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Ray Lewis may soon be heading to ESPN.

According to Sports Illustrated, the soon-to-be retired linebacker is extremely close to signing a mutli-year contract with the network. Lewis will reportedly have a role on Monday Night Countdown as well as other ESPN programs.

Lewis was also reportedly considered by networks like CBS and Fox for their Sunday programs but Lewis’ travel demands narrowed down his option. The future hall of famer reportedly required time off to attend watch son, Ray Lewis III, play at the University of Miami.

CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said:

“Ray Lewis has an intensity about him and a way of communicating that is very infectious. He is a bigger-than-life personality, very articulate and [has] an incredible passion for the game. If Ray Lewis decided to take that same passion and put it into a broadcasting career, I think he would be a terrific studio analyst or I imagine game analyst, too.”

ESPN notes that Lewis has been “training” for life after football for years. He’s starred in several commercials and also did some TV stints as an analyst during the off-season.

Do you think Ray Lewis would be a good fit at ESPN?

ESPN and the Baltimore Ravens linebacker may be close to signing a deal but it probably won’t be announced until after the playoffs. Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens will take on the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday during the first round of the playoffs.