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Ray Lewis will play his final NFL game in Super Bowl XLVII, which means the next two weeks will be filled with plenty of talk about Lewis' accomplishments and intense motivational speeches.

Lost in all of this, though, is the return of the Ray Lewis "squirrel dance."

The "squirrel dance" is a pre-game ritual performed by Ray Lewis to pump up the home crowd at M&T Bank Stadium.

No one thought the Baltimore Ravens would make it to the Super Bowl. So, everyone assumed Lewis' last dance came in his final home game in the Wild Card round against the Colts.

Now, Ray Lewis will almost surely do his "squirrel dance" for the final time in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

Step 1: Find some grass and slam it against your chest.

Step 2: Take a few warmup jumps to get loose.

Step 3: Move your right foot to your right while sliding your left foot in the same direction. Lean your upper body to the left while doing a jazz hands thing.

Step 4: Move your left foot to your left while sliding your right foot in the same direction.

Lean your upper body to the right while doing a jazz hands thing. Set your feet and clap.

Step 5: Push your chest forward while lifting your right knee up and doing a breaststroke swim move with your arms. Repeat a second time but with more dramatic movements.

Step 6: Step forward and punch the air as hard as you can.

Step 7: Prepare yourself to be swarmed by teammates.

Here's the 'squirrel dance' from start to finish:

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Making an entrance in Canton: Inside Ray Lewis' signature dance - Baltimore Ravens Blog

Aug 2, 2018

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Ray Lewis walked into sculptor Fred Kail's studio, and he identified immediately the vision for his 9-foot-tall, 1,200-pound statue that would sit in front of the Baltimore Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium.

No one delivered fire, brimstone and big plays like Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis. Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Lewis' eyes wandered from the small clay figures that featured typical linebacker stances. He saw a mold of him doing his famous squirrel dance in the corner of the room.

"That’s my signature right there," Lewis told Kail. "All the other linebacker poses, that could be anybody. But that one ... they’ll know who that is."

Lewis will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, joining the all-time great middle linebackers who were defined by intensity and intimidation.

There was Mike Singletary's stare and Jack Lambert's toothless snarl. For Lewis, his passion was encapsulated in a five-second gyration during player introductions that ignited fans, teammates and even opposing players into a frenzy.

Ray Lewis didn't want the typical linebacker pose for his statue outside M&T Bank Stadium. Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports

Walking onto his home field, Lewis emerged from the smoky tunnel as Nelly's "Hot In Herre" began to play. He picked up a clump of grass and threw it in the air before showing off his moves.

It starts with a slide to the left, then a shimmy to the right and a wiggle of the legs. After a couple of chest pops, Lewis leans back and screams toward the sky.

This trademark dance has been performed by brides and grooms at weddings, preschoolers as well as the mayor of Denver (after losing a playoff bet). Countless athletes have performed Lewis' same moves, from Odell Beckham Jr. to Pedro Martinez to former UFC champion Jon Jones.

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Here is the story of how a dance became part of the legacy for one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, as told by the people who experienced it:

From SkateWorld to stadiums

Before football, there was another love for Lewis -- dancing. At the age of 13, two years before he would put on a helmet, Lewis joined a dance group organized by hometown friend Kwame King. They called themselves the Hardy Boys.

Lewis: "We had dance competitions every Sunday at this place called SkateWorld. We danced in the Martin Luther King parade. Now listen, I have footage of that. But you will never see it."

Chad Steele, Ravens vice president of public relations: "I've seen the videos. I would say it was a cross between New Edition and Color Me Badd. They’re all dressed in the same early '90s outfits. The choreography was a little cheesy. But as much as I want to bust on it, they were good. The guys could move."

Lewis: "In my hometown, Kirby Lee, a childhood friend of mine who was in the armed forces, always used to do this dance. We named the dance 'The Squirrel,' the way the squirrel moves. He always did it. Kirby was my biggest fan. He has my number tattooed on his shoulder. I told him that one day I would do his dance. He said, 'No, you won't.' I'll never forget it, I got in front of the mirror and I started flowing with it. The next week, I go to Marvin [Lewis, then the Ravens defensive coordinator] and say, 'Look man, they’re going to introduce the defense. The stadium needs some excitement.' He was like, 'Go ahead and do your thing.'"

Marvin Lewis*: "I was there when they started that nonsense. We couldn't learn how to get lined up, but we could choreograph a dance. I almost melted down on the sideline."

Ray Lewis: "I had no music to it. I came out raw and did it. The crowd went crazy and lost their mind. People erupted and said, 'You have to do this every week.' Now, people started running to games before the games before they knew I was coming out. Then I got creative. I needed a song to go to it. I played with a few songs and ended up with Nelly. It timed up perfectly with my movement."

Terrell Suggs, Ravens linebacker: "It was the most exciting part of the game except for the end and the outcome. Even the opposing team looked forward to it when they came to play us. They would say, 'I hope the defense is going to be introduced because it fired us up, too.' I’ve never seen that in the history of sport. I didn't get to see Michael Jordan [in person], but when the lights came on, I'm pretty sure it was similar."

Keeping Ray Lewis' gladiator roots

The Ravens changed the playing surface at their stadium from natural grass to FieldTurf in 2003. That forced Baltimore to get creative if it wanted Lewis' entrance to remain the same.

Ray Lewis identified with Russell Crowe's character in "Gladiator," the battle-tested Maximus. Photo by Universal/Getty Images

Lewis: "When the movie 'Gladiator' came out [in 2000], I resonated with where he was from a low moment in his life. He went through something that was very challenging in his life, and now he had to regain his name and rebuild his brand. When Russell Crowe picked up that dirt before battle, he declared one thing: I'm at war. When we got that new turf [at the stadium], I was like, 'Look guys, I have no grass to pick up. I need grass. I need to touch it.'"

Steele: "We made sure he had a patch of grass every time he came out of the tunnel. There was one time we got there a little before intros and we're like, 'Oh crap, where's the grass?' [Director of event operations] John Cline had to really quickly drive a few blocks to where there was grass by a gas station and bus terminal. He cut out a big patch, put it in the back of his car and drove it back to the stadium."

Lewis: "The culture we had was how do we make this the experience of a lifetime. Winning games is one thing, but we're entertainers. That's what we're here for. The only time in professional sports history that TV stations started blocking out minutes for me to do that dance. It was crazy. That's when I sat with the head guy at the Ravens' stadium running the Jumbotron. I was like, 'Listen, I want you to cue this part. When I give the signal, unleash hell.'"

Marvin Lewis*: "The greatest thing about it now is, I tell our rookie players, you have to get up there and watch this. They're all like, 'Hey coach, you're right. '"

Last dance

Ray Lewis' last dance came during the 2012 Super Bowl run. It nearly ended four years earlier. John Harbaugh became the Ravens coach and wanted to create a culture based on "team, team and team." Lewis' pregame theatrics appeared to put the spotlight solely on him.

Harbaugh*: "I was looking at it from the outside in, and I didn't know Ray. You would maybe assume it was a selfish thing. My first thought was, 'We're not going to do this.'"

Ray Lewis takes the field in Baltimore for the final time. Gene Sweeney Jr./Baltimore Sun/Getty Images

Ray Lewis: "[Harbaugh] came to me, and I said, 'All right, we can stop it.' Then I was like, you should ask a couple of players and hear what they say."

Harbaugh: "I said, 'Let's do it and show me what it’s all about.' When I saw it the first time, I understood and I was all in. That's the great thing about Ray. It's never been about him. It's about the crowd, the players and his team."

Jacoby Jones: "[In 2012], We were in the meeting room and Ray announced that this was going to be his last ride. Then, Harbaugh walked up and said, 'Jacoby, I bet you could do the dance in the middle of the meeting.' I get up and I had some dip in. You know how Ray picked up that piece of grass, so I took the dip out of my mouth and threw it down and I did the dance."

Harbaugh: "[For the last play in Lewis' final home game], it just popped into my head like Ray Lewis should be out there, dotting the I in the victory formation. It was like the tuba player on the script Ohio. It just made sense. I thought of it somehow -- God put it in my head -- and I went back to Ray and said, 'Do you want dot the I?' He was like, 'I don’t have my helmet.' It was a mad scramble, and I don't even know if it was his helmet that he put on. Of course, Ray took it from there."

Lewis: "Jacoby and all of them on the field were like, 'You have to do the dance at the end. This is your last one.' So, I did it in the middle of the field. That's your battle call. When anybody knows anything about sports or professional football, they see that dance and say one thing: When he did that dance, whatever you got to do, buckle up eight chinstraps because it's going to be that type of game. It really symbolized giving your all."

Notes: * -- Interview with NFL Films in 2010

Ray Lewis -

Not to be confused with Ray Lewis (athlete).

For articles of the same name, see Ray and Lewis.

Ray Anthony Lewis , born , is an American football player who played as a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens between 1996 and 2012. He is often regarded as one of the best of his generation in office and one of the strongest defenders in recent years.

He won two Super Bowls (XXXV, XLVII), was named Super Bowl XXXV MVP, was the NFL's MVP twice (2000, 2003), was an All Pro seven times, and played in thirteen Pro Bowls, a record for his position.


  • 1 University career
  • 2 Professional career
  • 3 awards and records
  • 4 Filmography
  • 5 Notes and references
  • 6 External links

Academic career

Lewis played for the Miami Hurricanes at the University of Miami. He quickly established himself as one of the top players in his role, being named to the All American and All Big East Conference teams twice.

Professional career

Lewis was selected 26th and in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens in 1996 and is the fifth linebacker drafted in that draft. His impact was immediate, and in the 1997 season he scored 184 tackles in a season (NFL leader), earning him an invitation to his first Pro Bowl. In 1999, he still led the NFL in total tackles (168) and was named to the All Pro team for the first time.

During the 2000 season, he featured in the terrible defense of the Ravens, which broke the record for the fewest points allowed (165) and yards given in a race (970) in a 16-game season. The defense also ranked first in six different statistical categories. Ray Lewis was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the first time. In the playoffs, the Ravens are only 22 points behind the (3 Broncos, 10 Titans and 3 Raiders) to the Super Bowl, a record.

During Super Bowl XXXV against the Giants, the Ravens defense is still talking about it, with four interceptions of Kerry Collins QB Giants . Ray Lewis named Super Bowl MVP.

In 2002, he only played 5 games due to a shoulder injury. In 2003, he was again named NFL Defensive Player of the Year. During the 2008 season, he led the Ravens to the AFC Conference Finals in a loss to the eventual champions Pittsburgh Steelers.

In the 2012 season, he was injured and missed most of the season. He returns to the playoffs, where he allows his team to advance to the Super Bowl after a 28-13 win over the New England Patriots. He won Super Bowl XLVII with Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers at at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana during his last game before retiring.

In 2019 participated in the 28- m season of Dancing with the Stars .

Awards and records

  • Super Bowl XXXV Winner; Super Bowl XLVII Winner
  • Super Bowl XXXV MVP
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year: 2000, 2003
  • Pro Bowl: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011.
  • All Pro Choice: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009
  • NFL leader in tackles: 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2007.


  • 2014: Bid ( Draft Day ) Ivan Reitman: himself

Notes and links

  1. ↑ Damien Mercereau, " Sean Spicer from the White House to the Dance Floor" Dancing with the Stars "", on, TVMag , (accessed October 13, 2020) .

External links

  • Authority records:

    • Virtual international authority file
    • Library of Congress
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2 Tyrode Taylor · 4 Sam Koch · 5 Joe Flacco (MVP) · 9 Justin Tucker · 10 Dennis Dixon · 11 Tommy Streeter · 12 Jacoby Jones · 15 Laquan Williams · 16 David Reed · 17 Tandon Doss · 20 Ed Reid · 21 lardarius Webb · 22 Jimmy Smith · 23 Chicki Brown · 24 Corey Graham · 25 Asa Jackson · 26 Emanuel Cook · 27 Ray Rice · 28 Damien Berry · 29 Cary Williams · 30 Bernard Pierce · 31 Bernard Pollard · 32 James Ihedigbo · 33 Christian Thompson · 34 Bobby Rainey · 35 Anthony Allen · 37 Sean Considine · 38 Omar Brown · 39Chris Johnson · 41 Anthony Levine · 42 Nigel Carr · 44 Vonta Leach · 45 Lonje Miller · 46 Morgan Cox · 47 Ricky Brown · 48 Alex Silvestro · 49 DJ Bryant · 50 Albert McClellan · 51 Brandon Ayanbadejo · 52 Ray Lewis · 53 Jameel McClain 54 Adrian Hamilton 55 Terrell Suggs 56 Josh Bynes 58 Michael McAdoo 59 Dunnell Ellerbe 60 Antoine McClain 62 Reggie Stevens 62 Terrence Cody 63 Bobby Williams 66 Gino Gradkowski 69 Jack Cornell 70 Ramon Harewood 72 Kelechi Osemele · 73 Marshal Yanda · 74 Michael Oher · 76 Jah Reed · 77 Matt Birk · 78 Bryant McKinney · 81 Anquan Boldin · 82 Torrey Smith · 83 Deonte Thompson · 84 Ed Dixon · 86 Billy Badjem · 88 Dennis Pitt · 90 Pernell McPhee · 91 Courtney Upshaw · 92 Haloti Ngata · 93 DeAngelo Tyson · 95 Brian Hall · 96 Maake Kemoeatu · 97 Arthur Jones · 98 Ryan McBean · 99 Paul Kruger · Coaches: John Harbaugh · Teryl Austin · Juney Barnett · Clarence Brooks · Jason Brooks · Randy Brown · Jim Caldwell · Wade Harman · Chris Hewitt · Jim Hostler · Don Martindale · Andy Moeller · Ted Monacino · Wilbert Montgomery · Dean Peace · Bob Rogaky · Jerry Rosburg · Craig Ver Stig · Todd Washington · Matt Weiss

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  • 1979: Selmon
  • 1980: Hayes
  • 1981: Taylor
  • 1982: Taylor
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  • 1984: Easley
  • 1985: Singlet
  • 1986: Taylor
  • 1987: White
  • 1988: Singlet
  • 1989: Millard
  • 1990: Smith
  • 1991: Swilling
  • 1992: Kennedy
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  • 1994: D. Sanders
  • 1995: Paup
  • 1996: Smith
  • 1997: Stubblefield
  • 1998: White
  • 1999: Sapp
  • 2000: Lewis
  • 2001: Strahan
  • 2002: Brooks
  • 2003: Lewis
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  • 2006: Taylor
  • 2007: B. Sanders
  • 2008: Harrison
  • 2009: Woodson
  • 2010: Polamalu
  • 2011: Offers
  • 2012: Watt
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  • 2014: Watt
  • 2015: Watt
  • 2016: Mac
  • 2017: Donald
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  • 2020: Donald

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Super Bowl. Tales from the Crypt - First & Goal

1. You may have noticed - I'm having fun ...

Who: receiver Max McGee
When: Super Bowl I. January 15, 1967. Green Bay - Kansas City 35-10
Sin: drinking

This story is reminiscent of the wacky Will Ferrell movies. "Max McGee's hangover game" became one of the most popular Super Bowl tales, passed down from generation to generation or something... The 34-year-old Green Bay reserve wide receiver was sure he wouldn't make the team for the game against Kansas City in the very first Super Bowl, which was held in Los Angeles, as he caught only four passes all season. So the jovial veteran figured out a way to trick discipline-obsessed pedant Vince Lombardi into sneaking out of the hotel and spending the night on Sunset Boulevard with friends and pretty American Airlines flight attendants. After a stormy night, McGee sneaked back to the hotel unnoticed, passing quarterback Bart Starr, sitting in the lobby, who was an early riser and woke up before dawn. Before the game, McGee told Packers lead wide receiver Boyd Dowler, "I hope you don't get hurt today." But already on the third snap of the attack, Dowler injured his shoulder and could not continue the game. And then Lombardi called McGee. Another drunk receiver, who was hardly standing on the edge, suddenly realized that he had forgotten his helmet in the locker room, and he had to use the helmet of one of the partners. With a bad head, a foreign helmet and the smell of whiskey from his mouth, he entered the field and made history by catching the first touchdown in Super Bowl history with one hand. It was a 37-yard pass from Bart Starr. The drunken McGee continued to catch passes and finished the game with seven receptions, two touchdowns for 138 yards, and although he did not receive the Super Bowl MVP title (the award went to Bart Starr), he certainly can be considered the MVP of Drinking History.

2. Do I owe anyone?

Who: quarterback Joe Nameth
When: Super Bowl III. January 12, 1969. New York Jets - Baltimore Colts 16-7
Sin: Pride

When athletes "guarantee" victory before a game that everyone expects them to win, it is perceived as a necessary entourage and scenery before the performance, like a buffet in the theater. But when Jets quarterback Joe Nameth, nicknamed "Broadway Joe", cheekily announced before the game with the NFL champions Baltimore Colts that he "guaranteed" the victory of his team, the whole world went crazy. The Colts were not only the clear favorites of the Super Bowl, but no one took Joe Nameth himself seriously. This was a version of Johnny Manzel from the late sixties, a kid who was more famous for his off-field antics than for his success on the pitch. Imagine Johnny Manzell seriously "guaranteeing" his team's victory over the Patriots, for example! Nameth's offhand statement made headlines three days before the Miami game, but most simply brushed the snooty boy off, refusing to take his words seriously. And yes, history tells us that Nameth didn't throw a single touchdown in that game, not even a pass in the fourth quarter, and the Jets won thanks to a strong defense and rushing game, but still he was right. Colts quarterback and NFL MVP Earl Morral threw three interceptions and was replaced by Johnny Unitis, who led his offense to their only scoring play...0003

3. Fewer honest women, thinner nets of women…

Who: safety Eugene Robinson
When: Super Bowl XXXIII. January 31, 1999. Denver Broncos - Atlanta Falcons 34-19
Sin: Adultery

Super Bowl tension reaches unprecedented levels and heights. For any player, this game is the pinnacle of their career and life, and it is understandable that each of them wants to reduce the level of stress by blowing off some steam and allowing themselves to relax a little. This happened to Atlanta safety Eugene Robinson on the eve of the biggest game of his life. The veteran, who has been in the NFL for 14 years, went to a dysfunctional area of ​​​​Miami in search of cheap and not burdensome female love. In order not to get married later ... There he tried to negotiate with a local prostitute about BJ (Blow Job) or, simply speaking, about a $40 blowjob. When this incident became known, the Falcons players only shrugged their shoulders in bewilderment and shrugged their shoulders, saying that we all went there, but only Eugene was caught ... Yes, Eugene was caught. The prostitute, with whom he was not in the most delicate form, tried to come to an agreement, turned out to be an undercover police agent. Blown Coverage - a situation where the defender is not where he should be, did not understand his purpose or lost his receiver ... Yes, Eugene Robinson was in the wrong place, at the wrong time and next to the wrong person. The special charm of the situation is, as they say, the fact that Robinson's team was called the "Prophet" for his deep piety. The day before, he received the Bart Starr Trophy, which is awarded annually to current players who demonstrate leadership and character on the field and in everyday life. After his arrest, Robinson returned that NFL Trophy (really tough character!) and entered the game, but the dark forces of Sin City put their dark stamp on the Falcons and they were beaten by John Elway and his team almost without a chance.

4. Take me away

Who: Ray Lewis
When: Super Bowl XXXIV. January 30, 2000. Louis Rams - Tennessee Titans 23-16
Sin: Murder

Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis won't be in the Super Bowl until a year from now and even become MVP. In the meantime, in the company of the same confident and strong men, he watched as Rams guard Mike Jones grabbed Tennessee wide receiver Kevin Dyson by the legs and went down in history as the one who made the very Tackle. Some time later, Ray Lewis and his confident friends ran into another group of equally strong and confident men. As a result of the clash and fight, the second group of men was missing two fighters. Lewis and his friends were questioned by Atlanta police, and 11 days later, all three were charged with murder. However, as a result of the investigation, no one was able to prove anything. Ray Lewis made a deal with the investigation and got off with a suspended sentence of 12 months and a fine from the NFL of 250 thousand dollars, and two of his friends were eventually acquitted by the court in June 2000. So until now, no one knows what happened in the area of ​​Atlanta called Buckhead Village. In 2004, Ray Lewis came to a settlement with the four-year-old daughter of Richard Lollard, who was killed in that fight, as well as with the family of the second victim, Jacinth Baker. And the rest - everything is fine. By the way, the fine imposed on Lewis by the NFL is considered the largest player fined for non-substance violations.

5. Oh, where I've never been

Who: Barret Robbins Center
When: Super Bowl XXXVII. January 26, 2003. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Oakland Raiders 48-21.
Sin: Madness

How can a person almost two meters tall and weighing about 137 kilograms disappear? This is the question all the Raiders fans were asking themselves on the eve of the season playoff against the Buccaneers, when their starting center Barrett Robbins disappeared, that is, he simply disappeared from the team's hotel in San Diego, leaving his wallet and cell phone in his room. . The secret, however, was soon revealed. It was simple: an All-Pro player was just mentally ill. While playing for Texas Christian University, he was diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder, and once, during his second season with Oakland, he was found wandering around the Raiders Hotel in Denver, confused. This time, he explained that he had another exacerbation, and he went to Tijuana, Mexico. His wife even explained this trip by saying that he mixed up time and reality and went to Tijuana to celebrate his victory in the Super Bowl.

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