August 26, 2014

D’Qwell Jackson: I wear No. 52 because of Ray Lewis

When a linebacker comes into the NFL, it’s like a receiver who wants to wear 80 because of Jerry Rice, or a running back who wants to wear 22 because of Emmitt Smith. I always wanted to wear 52 because of Ray Lewis. Ask Patrick Willis why he wears 52. It’s a tribute to the best we’ve ever seen. Just seeing his passion for the game, every game, was enough for me. Anytime I see a player wear number 52, I know that guy has something to him. You can’t wear that number and not be a passionate football player. [...] It hasn’t always been easy because we’ve been losing here in Cleveland. But Ray will say things to me, or maybe send me a text, about how this won’t last forever. A couple of years ago, he said to me, ‘Stay the course. Things are beginning to change. I had to go through the tough times too, to appreciate the great time. You’re going to be part of the change.’ Just what an older player should say to a younger player like me. To me, he’s the best. The game’s not going to be the same without him.

– Cleveland Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson on the impending retirement of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. Housed within Peter King’s latest “Monday Morning Quarterback,” Jackson waxes nostalgic of his time in college and initial fear of Lewis’ persona which turned into a desire to play in the AFC North so he could play against Lewis’ Ravens.

[Related: Art Modell’s Hall of Fame Bid Shouldn’t Pit Baltimore vs. Cleveland]

  • thepaledragon

    What a coincidence, I once stabbed two guys outside a strip club because of Ray Lewis

  • Natedawg86

    That will teach them for staring at your girl

  • cmm13

    Also what a coincidence, when I complete the month-end reports here at my office I jump on the desk; do the electric slide, cry like a girl with skinned knees and thank Jesus for all the “ability” he gave me.

  • maxfnmloans

    yeah it takes me a half hour to get the garbage down to the end of the driveway every week

  • porckchop

    You sir have no idea how to honor Ray Lewis. I followed his Godly message and went forth and prospered – 6 times – with 4 women. I am now signifcantly less prosperous.

  • cmm13

    I used to have that problem, but i found taking out the towers that shoot flames outside my garage cuts down on that.

  • Garry_Owen

    I wonder how many players DON’T wear #52 because of Ray Lewis.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Keep beatin’ that dead horse people sheesh already but on a side note I feel like I’m 52 and I’m really only 40. :-(

  • Luke

    How someone as wise as DQ could be so ignorant is beyond me… oh wait its because african americans cant look past skin color… always supporting each other especially after they get off murder.. because we are the enemy.. because we are out to get them… please.

  • WFNY_DP

    Who was he honoring the years he wore #58?

  • maxfnmloans

    I trip on the inflatable helmet attached to my garage

  • Tom Duma

    wow. u racist.

  • Garry_Owen

    Ray Lewis and Bubby Brister?

  • mgbode

    as long as it wasn’t Jack Lambert.