Ray Lewis jokes he'd come out of retirement to play with Lamar Jackson

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has been showing off his incredible talents on the field the last few weeks, and it has at least one former Ravens player wishing he could get back on the field and play a few downs with the young dual-threat QB.

Ravens franchise legend Ray Lewis is that player. Lewis is now an analyst on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL,” and when Jackson came on the show to talk with Lewis and co-hosts James Brown and Phil Simms, Lewis gave Jackson some of the best praise you could imagine.

“I told [Ravens Owner] Steve [Bisciotti] the other night in the box, ‘You know I still got two quarters in me. I can come play with LJ. If you all are holding the ball for seven minutes on a drive, and then nine minutes on a drive, I’m like ‘Man, I’ve never had that in my career.’”

That’s quite a thing to say, considering what a successful career Lewis had. He’s clearly enchanted by the thought of playing with a quarterback like Jackson.

Lewis is 44 and hasn’t played in the NFL since he retired in 2012, but he still looks like he could make something happen during one of those long Ravens drives he was raving about. Credit to him for keeping it real and admitting that he’s only got a few quarters left in him — how could Bisciotti say no to that!?

There was only one negative thing Lewis had to say about Jackson: apparently when Lewis texts him, Jackson doesn’t always answer.

“LJ, the next time I text you, you better text me back,” Lewis said. “Your texts are flooded, but when the general calls, I need you to answer.”

Jackson responded with “I got you,” instead of saying “Uh, I’m a little tied up these days, Ray, maybe give me a little break here?” Jackson’s got things to do — like preparing for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans — so maybe Lewis shouldn’t expect the NFL’s hottest quarterback to answer his text messages right away.

Ray Lewis dreams of playing a few quarters with Lamar Jackson as his quarterback. (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

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