Jermaine Lewis, who in recent years has been convicted on traffic-related charges, now lives in a two-story Reisterstown home with his wife and children, relying on savings. He hopes to get back into the workforce, he said, and be a part of a team again surrounded by co-workers.
He thinks back to what could have been.
“I wish I would’ve been building businesses instead of always focusing on football,” he said. “I wish I could have had something that I could fall back on that was already in place. That’s the only regret I have.”
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Last week, for the first time, he watched his famous kick return replayed on television as part of the buildup to the Super Bowl. He saw himself shuffle behind his blocker, find a hole and explode to the end zone. That magical moment is something the Super Bowl gave him -- and will stay with him.
“That’s the main thing you hoped for when you’re playing football is to win the ultimate prize,” he said. “That’s an accomplishment I’m proud of for my kids. I want them to be proud of something. They can say my dad did this.”