The Washington Post

D.C. mayor stumped over Ravens, 49ers Super Bowl

(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

In an interview Tuesday, Gray said it’s up to “people to make their own decision” about which team they will be cheering for.

Gray, however, still isn’t sure whether he will be throwing his support behind neighboring Baltimore or the San Francisco 49ers.

Gray said the “Ray Lewis factor is an emotional factor that one cannot ignore,” noting that the star Ravens linebacker will cap his 17-year NFL career with Sunday’s game.

But the mayor also noted that San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis is a District native who, like Gray, graduated from Dunbar High School in 2003.

“It’s a tough call,” said Gray, who frequently boasts about his own Dunbar lineage.

Though a fanatic baseball fan, Gray rarely shows the same passion for football exhibited by some other city leaders, including council member and former mayor Marion Barry (D-Ward 8).

(Barry, a vocal Redskins fan, told reporters this month that he was getting behind the Ravens Super Bowl run after the Redskins were bounced from contention.)

For his part, Gray said he will be multi-tasking Sunday — both watching the game and working on the State of the District speech that he will deliver Tuesday.

(Full disclosure: Go Ravens!)

Tim Craig is The Post’s bureau chief in Pakistan. He has also covered conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and within the District of Columbia government.

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