Michael Phelps’ NFL Legend Friend Ray Lewis Once Called Out Colin Kaepernick In the Wake of Signing Baltimore Ravens as QB1: “Let Your Play Speak for Itself”

Published 06/22/2022, 5:27 AM EDT
SEATTLE, WA – JANUARY 19: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after teammate running back Anthony Dixon #24 scores a one-yard touchdown in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks during the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Since his exit from the NFL in 2017, there have been many instances where Colin Kaepernick was close to making a return. One of that instances was in the same year. The Baltimore Ravens were heavily interested in adding him to the roster.

However, like every other time, the move didn’t go through. It was due to various other reasons, including Kap’s girlfriend Nessa Diab. Ray Lewis, the linebacker of the Ravens back then, had a piece of advice for Colin Kaepernick before the talk about his move to Baltimore started picking pace.

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Ray Lewis wanted Kaepernick to keep his focus on the field rather than the political issues. He said, “The football field is our sanctuary. If you do nothing else, young man, get back on the football field and let your play speak for itself, and what you do off the field, don’t let too many people know, because they’re going to judge you, anyway. No matter what you do, no matter if it’s good or bad.”

It has been over 5 years since Colin Kaepernick last played in the NFL. Still, he hasn’t been able to make a return to the league. However, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback hasn’t lost faith yet and is continuing to work hard to pursue a comeback.

Baltimore Ravens were heavily interested to sign Colin Kaepernick

The Baltimore Ravens got their franchise quarterback, Lamar Jackson, in the 2018 NFL Draft. Before that, they were seriously pursuing bringing Colin Kaepernick on the board. They thought he was the right player for the team.

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Ravens owner Steve Biscotti talked about a potential signing of Kaepernick. He said, “I know that we’re going to upset some people, and I know that we’re going to make people happy that we stood up for somebody that has the right to do what he did. Nonviolent protesting is something that we have all embraced.”

SANTA CLARA, CA – AUGUST 26: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines against the Green Bay Packers in the first half of their preseason football game at Levi’s Stadium on August 26, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, that move didn’t go through. It’ll be fair to say that it worked for the Ravens quite well. They got Lamar Jackson who is a generational talent. He is a young, fast, strong, and explosive player who has ‘superstar’ written all over him.

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Abhimanyu Chaudhary

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Abhimanyu Chaudhary is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration at Sharda University. Abhimanyu has been a life-long fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Liverpool FC.

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