"I think we all just put our pride aside, and if we are going to ride it, we are going to ride it," said Rice, Lewis' closest friend on the team. "But, we are going to go out there and give it our best shot for our guy. He's done it for us for 17 years and led our guys to one Super Bowl. You are talking about a pioneer that has laid a platform for the whole NFL. We would like to send him out the right way."