If this Baltimore Ravens' playoff run is Ray Lewis' "last ride" in the NFL then this may have been his last dance.
In the moments before the Ravens kicked off against the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card round, the fans at M&T Bank Stadium gave Lewis a raucous welcome back to action after he's been sidelined with an arm injury suffered in Week 6. In his signature style, Lewis made his presence known with an emphatic entrance.
Through a cloud of white smoke, the 13-time Pro Bowl selection emerged, adorned in his signature purple No. 52 jersey and ample application of eyeblack. Stomping out onto the field as the crowd exploded and fireworks erupted, Lewis soaked in the atmosphere and delivered a performance that will be long remembered in Charm City.
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UPDATE: To make it even more special, Lewis lined up 10 yards behind the ball on the final play of Baltimore's 24-9 win. As Flacco took a knee, Lewis did his dance one more time in the middle of the field for the home fans.
Go to the 1:28 mark.
Perhaps no other dance routine by a 37-year-old athlete has ever -- or will ever -- elicited as strong a reaction as this one did in the stadium and on Twitter.