It was not the best-kept secret that the outspoken (and out there) Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was being courted by ESPN — as well as every other network with NFL programming. Now they have a deal, a month after he ended his 17-year career with a victory in the Super Bowl, and he is bringing his act to Bristol. Lewis, who signed with WME last summer before deciding to retire after this season, will contribute to ESPN’s football coverage and appear on Monday Night Countdown, Sunday NFL Countdown and SportsCenter. He also will be part of the traveling team to Monday Night Football games, reporting throughout the week on ESPN shows, and he’ll have a weekly segment on the Mike And Mike In The Morning radio show. “Ray is a tremendous addition to our NFL roster and he will have an immediate impact on our coverage,” said John Wildhack, ESPN EVP Production. “One of the most accomplished players in NFL history, fans will be drawn to his knowledge, experience and, of course, the passion he always exudes for the game.”
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