Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and 12-time Pro Bowler for the Baltimore Ravens, Ray Lewis, will officially join ESPN as a NFL studio analyst. Lewis, who ended his legendary career after leading his Ravens to winning the Super Bowl in his final NFL game, will join Stuart Scott, Steve Young, & Trent Dilfer by traveling to the site of each week’s Monday Night Football game where he will offer analysis during the pre-game Countdown and post-game SportsCenter. Lewis will contribute to Sunday NFL Countdown throughout the season and make a weekly appearance on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning. “ESPN is such a big part of how fans watch and experience sports, especially the NFL, so I’m excited to join their team,” Lewis said in a press release. “I’m ready to bring the same level of passion to this next phase of my life as I brought to the field during my years as a player. I can’t wait to work with my new teammates, many of whom I’ve already known for years.” The 17-year NFL veteran will also have the opportunity to host specials similar to Jon Gruden’s QB Camp series. He is expected to start on August 1.
Air Jordan 3′s with a Nike Swoosh logo on the side? That’s what you’ll see if you pay attention to ’Gotta Be The Shoes,’ a special ESPN’s SportsCenter put together to honor the 50th birthday of Michael Jordan, and his signature sneakers. ”You can’t live forever, or can you?,” asks the narrator. The statement alludes to the Nike Air Jordan shoes which still sell out on the regular despite its namesake being long retired from the game. The video focuses on how MJ’s endorsement deal and signature kicks have been instrumental in making him such an iconic athlete; besides six NBA titles, six Finals MVP awards, 10 scoring titles and a spot in the NBA Hall of Fame.
“If purchasing that little logo, gives you a little bit of help to get better grades, to be a better person, to be a great athlete, then sign me up for it,” says Howard “H” White, VP of Sports Marketing at Jordan Brand, in the video. “Cause really for me that’s what Michaal Jordan exudes.” Tinker Hatfield—VP of Innovation & Design at Nike (nice title)— designer of classic Air Jordan models including the III, IV and the most recent XX8 is also featured as are some image of the III sporting a “Nike” and “Swoosh” on the side. Shout out Flight Club whose sneaker laced walls are featured throughout the clip. Air Jordan’s birthday is February 17. Watch ‘Its Gotta Be The Shoes’ below.