Ray Lewis III signs letter of intent to play at University of Miami


Ray Lewis III will play football at his father’s alma mater. (Phelan M. Ebenhack / AP)

Three days after his father’s Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl and Ray Lewis squirrel danced into retirement, Ray Lewis III followed through on his verbal promise and officially signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Miami, his signature finalizing his dad’s retirement and committing his future to his pop’s alma mater.

Ray Lewis III, who stands 5-9 and weighs 175, rushed for nearly 10,000 yards and scored almost 100 touchdowns at Lake Mary Prep in Florida, but it isn’t certain what position he’ll play at Miami. One thing is certain: his father will be available to watch him play because he’d said for several years that he’d retire when Ray III started college.

“I know my dad did leave a great legacy at the University of Miami and in the NFL,” Ray Lewis III told the Orlando Sentinel during the Super Bowl. “I realize I’m following in his footprints, but I’m also trying to lead my own path. I know going to Miami, though, wasn’t necessarily ideal for that . . . but my dad and mom always try to preach to me to lead your own path.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · February 6, 2013