Ray Lewis to Colin Kaepernick: 'Let your play speak for itself'

Ravens retired linebacker Ray Lewis during the first quarter of the 2016 Army Navy football game in Baltimore.
Ravens retired linebacker Ray Lewis during the first quarter of the 2016 Army Navy football game in Baltimore.(Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Add Ray Lewis to the list of Ravens — or former Ravens — who have weighed in on the franchise's possibility of signing quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

In a selfie video he posted to Twitter on Tuesday and filmed in what Lewis identifies as a car leaving the FS1 set, the linebacker delivered a message to the signal-caller about his anthem protest and social justice efforts: "Get back on the football field and let your play speak for itself."


How Lewis structured his speech was as winding as his 17-year NFL career that endured a guilty plea for obstruction of justice en route to becoming an iconic Baltimore sports figure.

Lewis started the video calling Kaepernick his "brother" and saying the name of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who the Ravens beat in Lewis' final game -- the 2013 Super Bowl -- was written in his Bible.

"I applaud you for the things you stood up for," Lewis said about 30 seconds into the video. "My brother, everybody else can speak for you, but until you speak for yourself and demand what you want to do in life, it's totally on you."

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday, “There’s really nothing new about that quarterback situation.”

While that might seem like advice to continue Kaepernick's activism, Lewis' spiel soon took a turn, calling the public efforts "nonsense."

Instead, Lewis suggests the free agent quarterback, still searching for a team after opting out of his 49ers contract in March, find a way to return to the sport because "the football field is our sanctuary."

Perhaps Lewis felt it necessary to reach out to Kaepernick after Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said this weekend he consulted the franchise's most recognizable figure about Kaepernick's potential addition in the wake of Joe Flacco's back injury and Ryan Mallet's practice struggles.

Or maybe Lewis had some leftover analysis after discussing the Ravens' position on "The Undisputed" on Monday.

Either way, Lewis finished his plea to Kaepernick with some parting wishes.


"What you do off the field -- don't let too many people know because they're going to judge you anyway, no matter what you do -- no matter if it's good or bad, all right?" Lewis said. "Kaep -- be good, take care of yourself, brother for life. Lot of people talking for you, lot of people got your back, take care of yourself, peace."