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The Caw: The Surge For Ray Lewis Memorabilia

Posted Jan 11, 2013

Teammates want autographs. Jersey sales are up. Even Sunday’s game program is selling on eBay.

Everybody wants a piece of Ray Lewis’ last ride.

From teammates to fans, the demand for Lewis memorabilia is surging these days.

Lewis’ jersey has been the NFL’s top seller since he announced his retirement, according to Fanatics.com. Lewis’ jersey sales are up close to 2,000 percent compared to same week in January last year.

The official Ravens team store had to order more Lewis jerseys, which is atypical for this time of year when they would usually just be ordering extra playoff gear.

The program from Lewis’ final game at M&T Bank Stadium, which features the linebacker’s face, is selling for $10 to $20 on eBay. A package deal of the program and ticket stub is going for over $60.

Even Lewis’ teammates are grabbing some history.

This week I’ve seen a few players ask Lewis for his autograph on some kind of memorabilia. Cornerback Cary Williams’ dad shipped him an old No. 52 Miami Hurricanes jersey, which Lewis signed and Williams mailed back.

“He’s going to love it,” Williams said.

It’s funny because even though these guys are Lewis’ teammates, they’re still fans of his too. I’ve seen that more than ever since Lewis announced his retirement.

Williams, for example, remembers watching Lewis play at Miami when he was 11 years old. Williams, who was born in Miami, was a huge Canes and Lewis supporter.

Even I got a little piece of Lewis memorabilia. I’ve never asked for a player’s autograph and never would, but the Ravens were generous enough to give everybody in the company a signed canvas image of Lewis this holiday season.

It has a famous Lewis quote: “If tomorrow wasn’t promised, what would you give for today?”

I grew out of my autograph days long ago when I started interviewing athletes for a living, but I admit that the Lewis piece is awesome. It’s currently hanging in my dining room.

By the way, you have a chance to get a piece of Lewis memorabilia today through the Ravens' Week of Winning. The Ravens are giving away an autographed Lewis football.

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