Amani Toomer knows what it is like to go up against Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl, as his New York Giants were on the losing end of a blowout in Super Bowl XXXV. When the Ravens take the field 12 years later in Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Lewis will be doing so for the final time of his illustrious – albeit controversial – career.
That is just fine with Toomer.
“It’s definitely all about him. Once a guy goes to the center of the field, goes into the victory formation on the last play of his last home game …” Toomer told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday in the Super Bowl XLVII Media Center. ” I just don’t think the Giants or any organization I’ve ever been a part of, even growing up, would allow somebody to single themselves out like that.”
But Toomer was not through with his comments about Lewis. It sounds as if he sees Lewis as part of a one-man act both on and off the field.
“If you single yourself out after you make a play, that’s one thing,” Toomer continued. “But to walk out on the field reminds me of the WWE, like The Rock coming out. You’re becoming a caricature of yourself. It’s exhausting. I don’t know why somebody would want that.”
Perhaps, Lewis and The Rock – also known as Dwayne Johnson – worked on their showmanship while playing football at the University of Miami. The Hurricanes are known for their swagger both on and off the field, as has been evident by countless players from “The U.”
Toomer said that he knows that the Ravens have stepped up their play since Lewis announced this would be his final season. It has served as a motivating factor, which is not a bad thing. With that, Toomer has no issues. But he does have a problem with a man who leads this sort of life, considering his past.
“If you want to say you’re Mr. Religious and all of that, have a clean record. Don’t say all of that stuff if you know there’s stuff that might come back,” Toomer said. “Those are the things that, when I look at him, I just think hypocrisy.”
It is a shame that Toomer and Lewis cannot go head-to-head on the field one more time. It would be interesting, to say the least.