Baltimore Ravens: Ray Lewis, Destiny Talk, and Super Bowl XLVII

Alex Peterman@Alex_PetermanCorrespondent IIIJanuary 29, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20:  Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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After a 17-year career with the Baltimore Ravens, linebacker Ray Lewis announced his retirement from the NFL about four weeks ago, at the end of the regular season.

Since then, an emotionally-charged Ravens team has kept Lewis playing as long as they can. After defeating the Indianapolis Colts, the teams has brought an  improbable playoff run to the Superdome in New Orleans, where they will face the San Francisco 49ers.

The deep touchdown pass to Torrey Smith with time winding down against the Broncos. The interception in double-overtime by Peyton Manning. Beating Brady in his home stadium.

All the while, Ray Lewis has led all players in the postseason in tackles, as game after game, he would not be content with anything less than the toughest play and desire to win it all from each of his teammates.

It would seem that the Ravens have given him one last shot at winning it all. One final game to bring a perfect close to an illustrious career.

But is Ray Lewis the reason the Ravens are in the Super Bowl? Many will wonder for a moment about all that Baltimore has overcome this postseason, and have to consider the fact that the Ravens are destined to win the Super Bowl this year.

Is that it, destiny?

Their playoff run has been a combination of exceptional play by quarterback Joe Flacco and his receivers, as well as resurgent play by a Ray-led Baltimore defense.

In football, there is strength in the players. There is intelligence in the coaches. There is instinct, speed and a test in every single play. There is the will to win.

Nowhere in that sentence did I mention anything about destiny.

There is nothing in the bible (or any holy book) that states anything about Super Bowl XLVII and the Baltimore Ravens. I’d be willing to bet that the big man sitting up on some golden thrown in heaven might not even watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, as crazy as that sounds to some of us.

The fact of the matter is that the Super Bowl will not be won because of one man’s career. Because when two teams enter the biggest stage in America, with millions of viewers across the world, nothing but what happens on the field during that game will have any say about what the final score will read.