In his 16th year with the Ravens and in the NFL, Ray Lewis continues to amaze with his longevity and high level of play.

Some day, Lewis will take a long look at his accomplishments and decide that this chapter of his life has come to an end.

And when he does make that decision, the 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker said he would consider coaching.

Joking that he must begin by coaching his sons, Lewis acknowledged his interest in joining the coaching ranks.

“If the opportunity presents itself to whatever opens up, it opens up,” he said Thursday. “I am not opposed to it. It’s definitely something that I am just natural to do because I am always trying to grab knowledge to share it one way or another. It’s just a great opportunity if it does open up.”

On a side note, Lewis derives much pleasure from watching his son, Ray Lewis III, a junior running back and linebacker at Lake Mary Prep in Lakeland, Fla., continue to enhance his reputation as one of the top recruits in the country.

But there is one thing Lewis cannot do while watching his son play. 

“I can’t sit in the stands,” he said. “I can’t sit in the stands because I am going to run across too many people’s laps and knock over nachos and all that stuff. I have to run up and down the sideline because when he scores, I score.”