Just weeks after retiring from the NFL after winning the Super Bowl, a flag has been called on Ray Lewis: a green one.
The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, who is in the process of becoming an analyst at ESPN, has been given the honor of waving the green flag at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, which would signal not only the beginning of the 55th running of the Daytona 500, but also the official start of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.
As you know, coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup is divvied up by three networks: Fox from the start until just after Memorial Day; TNT for a six-pack during the summer; and ESPN for the remainder, including the Chase For The Cup.
It might make more sense for Ray-Ray to drop a flag at a NASCAR race during the latter half of the season, which will be broadcast by ESPN, which is expected to make an official announcement on Lewis’ hire by the end of the month, if not the first week of next month.
In case you’re wondering, last year’s green flag waver was WWE wrestler John Cena.
Maybe Donovan McNabb will congratulate Ray Lewis on his second straight win.