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Ray Lewis: Lockout a great opportunity to do something else

Divisional Playoffs - Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 15: Linebacker Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after a play against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Heinz Field on January 15, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis doesn’t necessarily see the lockout as a bad thing.

Lewis told Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun that he tells his teammates they should embrace an offseason with no mandatory activities as a time when they can grow in other aspects of their lives.

“I would hope and pray all the guys I talk to . . . the thing I try to tell them is please do something else,” Lewis said. “You have to have many things going on. To me, this is probably the greatest window of opportunity I’ve ever had in my life. It’s been 25 years of my life that I’ve never had a summer to myself.”

Lewis said he doesn’t know whether to expect a full 16-game season, and he was cryptic when asked how he feels about the issues related to the lockout.

“I’m totally away from them because I look at it totally different, and I’ll share that at another time,” he said.

Lewis says he’s using his free time to promote businesses and charities he’s involved in, and “working out for a lifestyle” rather than football.