“He’s changed the game,” Patriots special teams star Matthew Slater said. “I think he’s been kind of a once-in-a-lifetime, once-in-a-generation type player. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and what he’s accomplished in his career. As a fan of the game, and I fancy myself a historian of the game also, so [I have] all the respect in the world for him.”
New England safety Steve Gregory added, “He’s one of the greats. He’s probably one of the best linebackers ever to play this game. So we have a lot of respect for that guy. He’s an amazing football player.”
“He’s really been so consistent over the years and durable and tough,” Brady said of Lewis. “He’s so instinctive. He doesn’t give up hardly any plays, makes a ton of tackles. … You always have to know where No. 52 is.”
“I told him to stay a few more years,” Jones said. “I think he could.”
But Ngata conceded, “I think he has bigger plans and bigger things that he has to do.”
Walking off the field in Denver with running back Ray Rice last Saturday, Lewis was delighted to still be playing football and apparently not the least bit saddened about knowing he had one or two games left.
“I’m proud that the ride is still going,” Lewis said Wednesday. “I looked at my teammates after the Denver game, and me and Ray just sat there. We hugged on the field, and he grabbed me kind of hard. It’s just special. To end it, whenever it ends, then so be it.”
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