In a recent fishing trip, NFL legend Ray Lewis celebrated two caught fish with his “Squirrel” dance on Sunday.
TMZ Sports reported that Lewis was relaxing on Lake Erie after participating in the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies. But after catching ten fish, the star had to celebrate.
A friend caught him on video, sliding to his left and right with two massive fish in each hand. He wore flip-flops but didn’t miss a step. Before the trip, Lewis was in Canton, Ohio, for the weekend event.
Lewis made the dance famous when he played in the 1990s. After being elected to the hall in 2018, he told ESPN that the dance came from a friend.
“In my hometown, Kirby Lee, a childhood friend of mine who was in the armed forces, always used to do this dance,” Lewis said. “We named the dance ‘The Squirrel,’ the way the squirrel moves.
It was almost as if he hadn’t lost a step after 17 pro seasons of doing that dance.
He told TMZ he plans to make the fishing trip a regular thing.
Manning Jokes About Ray Lewis’s Speech
TMZ briefly interviewed the former NFL star and Baltimore Ravens player in another clip.
Peyton Manning joined Charles Woodson, Calvin Johnson, John Lynch, and Alan Faneca in the induction. The NFL inducted Manning, Woodson, and Johnson in their first years of eligibility. Lynch was eligible eight times before finally making it into the club.
Manning had some funny words for Lewis at the event. Lewis’s induction speech lasted for 30 minutes. Reportedly, six minutes was the limit for each of this year’s inductees.
“The 2021 induction class wants to thank those previous inductees who gave long-winded acceptance speeches, forcing us to have a whopping six minutes to recap our football careers,” Manning said. “I want to give a special thanks to my old rival Ray Lewis for being here tonight. Ray just finished giving his speech that he started in 2018.”
Lewis Talks Fishing, Fun Times
When asked what the best thing he caught was, Lewis points to the fish outside the camera’s view.
Lewis said recent hall inductee Edgerrin James’s speech when asked about the best part of this year’s ceremony. He also said he was glad to be back to see his former players. He recalled the battles he had with inductee Manning and players on the football field.
“Seeing (former star) Charles Woodson go in was great,” Lewis said. “It was just absolutely amazing.”
The two players started their pro careers at the same time. Lewis ended the video by talking about how the pro football weekend should inspire every kid growing up.
COVID-19 precautions led to the cancellation of last year’s ceremonies.