Baltimore Ravens linebacker and committedChristian Ray Lewis has been able to reach more people in one game than many preachers have been able to their entire lives, his pastor and close friend,Dr. Jamal Bryant of the Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Md., told The Christian Post.

Although Lewis’ Christian faith may be news to some, he has always been religious. Relatives who recently spoke with Yahoo! Sports reporter Eric Adelson said Lewis’ grandmother, considered the “backbone” of his family, had always encouraged the 37-year-old Super Bowl XXXV MVP as a young boy to read the Bible and attend church.

“Lewis is known now for his preaching, but he was a junior deacon as a child. He could recite verse at age 4,” Adelson learned from Lewis’ family.

Lewis, whom Pastor Bryant described as an inspirational and motivational speaker, often talks blatantly about his confidence in God directing his path, a view he’s been sharing now more than ever since announcing his retirement earlier this season.

“I’ll tell anybody. One thing about God’s will, you can never see God’s will before it happens,” he told a roomful of reporters after a game this month. “You can only see at the end of it. For His will to happen this way, I could never ask for anything else.”

In an interview after the Ravens dominated the Denver Broncos in a historic NFL match-up to secure their spot in New Orleans, the 13-time Pro Bowl player was asked what led him to believe that he and his teammates could win.

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