"Everyone out here has to appreciate when great warriors fight to the end," Lewis said before leaving the locker room to engage in his next great battle—a game of Monopoly with some of his six children. ("I don't let them win in nothing," he said.) Lewis laughed at suggestions that he might soon retire, saying he would play next season "unless the skies spread and God himself comes down."
This Sunday the Ravens will face perhaps the NFL's closest thing to a deity: Tom Brady, who runs an offense good enough to make even great NFL warriors blanch. The game-but-hobbled Reed was asked how the defense will have to perform against New England. "A lot better than today, man," the safety said. "A lot better than today."