In his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis called for putting prayer back in schools and encouraging people to follow God and the Bible.
“For me, my guiding purpose is to carry out God’s destiny for my life,” said Lewis at the Aug. 4 event. “How do I do that? By not just loving my neighbors as I love myself, but by challenging people to walk with me in teaching our nation how to love each other again.”
“One of the greatest gifts my mom ever gave me was the Bible,” he said. “The Bible made me who I am today. Ephesians 3:20 says, ‘Now unto him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above far beyond all you ever ask, think or imagine, according to the power that’s working within you.’”
Concluding his remarks, Lewis said, “Walk with me out of here today with the mission in your mind, in your heart. Vow to be a leader in your community. Vow to be a ray of light in the world around you. Together there’s nothing we can’t do.”
In response to school shootings in the United States, Lewis also said, “Can we please put prayer back in schools? Please?”
Lewis played for the Baltimore Ravens from 1996 to 2012 as a middle linebacker, where he helped the Ravens win two Super Bowls and was named Super Bowl XXXVII’s Most Valuable Player.