While there are tons of moments that fans will associate with Ray Lewis as they think back on his marvelous career, there are few more defining images than the linebacker doing his pre-game dance as he comes out of the tunnel.
Lewis did the dance at M&T Bank Stadium for the final time on Sunday, and it was brilliant as always.
After the game, Lewis discussed the origins of his routine, sometimes called the "Squirrel dance."
"It started one time, they got ready to introduce the defense, and they were going to introduce us together," Lewis said. "This guy in my hometown, Kirby Lee, would always do this dance, and the dance was called the 'squirrel', and I told him I was gonna do that dance one day, and he was like, 'You're not gonna do it,' and I was like, 'I'm gonna do it.'"
Sure enough, Lewis performed the routine once and the crowd loved it.
"After that they were like, 'We need to see the dance again'" Lewis said. "So after that it just kept going. Then I started adding music to it and movie clips to it. It was a good time."
(H/T to Game On!)