A lot of folks, they know my game, but they don’t know my deal. This book right here, it tells the story of my seventeen-year NFL career. It tells of my two Super Bowls, the mark I was blessed to be able to make on the game, on the city of Baltimore. But it also tells the story of how I grew up—abandoned by my no-account father, raised with my siblings by our God-fearing, hardworking single mother. It tells how I sometimes struggled off the field. It tells of the anguish and controversy that found me away from the game.
Mostly, it tells how heartbreak can sometimes lift you to greatness and glory—if you find a way to put your focus in faith, and faith in your focus.
When I left the game, confetti raining down on me and my teammates after winning the Super Bowl, I made a promise to myself to show how the game is really played at the highest level. That’s what you’ll find in these pages—a raw, honest look at the business of football and a look behind the scenes at some of the most torturous aspects of the game. The grind of the NFL—that’s what shines through.
My deal? That grind is a given. Every player who wears an NFL uniform has to slog through the same battles just to get to the league. But it’s how you prepare for those battles that defines you—and here I hope to show how an unwavering trust in God and an unbreakable sense of purpose can lift you from tragedy to triumph. From strength to strength, man—that’s the deal.
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About the Author
Daniel Paisner is the author of more than fifty books, including The Complete Game: Reflections on Baseball, Pitching, and Life on the Mound; and Scratching the Horizon: A Surfing Life; and eleven New York Times bestsellers.
Table of Contents
October 14, 2012 When You Know What You Know, Do What You Do xi
1 Say My Name 1
2 Pick'Em Up, Bust'Em 17
3 Respect Me Like You Sweat Me 33
4 One Alligator 51
5 Welcome to Miami 73
6 Hurricane Seasons 87
7 Draft Day 111
8 Ride That Train 127
9 Atlanta 141
10 Resurrection 173
11 I Feel Like Going On 197
12 "This Ain't Over" 209
13 The 40-Yard Line 223
Postgame: My City Is Burning 245
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was a great read! I applaud Ray Lewis for allowing himself to be both vulnerable and transparent in sharing his triumphs as well as his trials in life and on the football field. He gave the world a very realistic view inside his life as a human being who also happened to be a NFL star. He shared his inner strengths and weaknesses as well as his most intimate feelings regrading his upbringing, his home life, and his determination to succeed despite the obstacles he faced. The book is very inspirational, motivational, and encouraging. It's a perfect gift to give to anyone but especially to any young man who needs encouragement and motivation to dream big, think positive, and to fight hard against all obstacles in order to succeed.
Great book about life and struggle to achieve greatness.
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Overall, I Feel Like Going On Life, Game, and Glory is a good read for the avid American football fan. For some football is a lifestyle and it is all they know. For a very select few it is a hobby or job. Ray Lewis tells what it is like growing up, and what his journey to the top of the NFL pyramid looked like. Lewis has had many rough patches along the way, but throughout this book, his whole journey is told through the eyes of Lewis himself and what he has been able to accomplish. If the reader is willing to take the journey with Ray, then the reader will not be disappointed, he does an excellent job at making the reader feel like they are right next to Ray going through his journey. The author does an excellent job at portraying his side of the story and does not leave any detail out. Lewis has had many awards throughout his storied career as a NFL linebacker, Lewis has been elected to 13 Pro-Bowls in his 17 year career, two-time Super Bowl Champion in 2001 and 2013, he was named Super Bowl XXXV MVP, NFL All-Decade team of the 2000’s, and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2003, which is awarded to an athlete who excels on the field and off the field. His rise to the top may have been rocky, but it was a bittersweet goodbye to one of the greatest outside linebackers this game of football has ever seen.
Ray's story is honest and filled with truth. He is an inspiration and is hands down one of the greatest ever to play in the NFL. A compassionate man he is , a man of principle, a man of integrity, a devoted father, a devoted son. A fantastic read!