Legends die hard

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Derek Jeter suffers a broken ankle on Saturday. Photo courtesy of http://www.bleacherreport.com

The Yankees lost more than just the game Saturday, dropping the first game of the series with the Detroit Tigers. A staple of the Yankee lineup since 1995, Derek Jeter, broke his ankle and will be out for the remainder of the postseason. To give you some perspective, the last time the Yankees were in the post season without number 2, there was no iPhone, no Twitter and no Facebook. At 38 years old, people are curious as to whether we will ever again see Jeter in the Yankees lineup. Undoubtedly a first ballet Hall of Fame’r, Jeter has been one of the most clutch batters of all-time. Jeter is a legend of the game for a reason, having won five World Series titles, five Gold Glove Awards, 4 Silver Slugger Awards and been voted an All-Star 13 times.

Torn triceps muscle sidelines Ray Lewis on Sunday. Photo courtesy of http://www.vibe.com

Speaking of first ballet Hall of Fame players, the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL also lost a superstar who has been a staple since the mid-90s. Ray Lewis suffered a torn triceps muscle in Sunday’s victory against the Dallas Cowboys. Since the day Ray Lewis stepped onto the field at “The U” and then Cleveland [and then Baltimore – if confused Wikipedia Art Modell], he has been an unstoppable force. A winner of a Super Bowl, a two-time NFL Defensive Player of The Year recipient with 15 Pro Bowl selections, Lewis is perhaps the greatest middle linebacker in NFL history. Like, Jeter, Lewis is an aging vet who may just have played the last game of his career.

These two stars have more in common than just their legendary achievements on the field. Both players are perhaps the greatest two field generals in the last 20 years. When these two players walk onto the field, everybody is watching. While, both lead in completely different ways; Jeter doing so in a more subdued, lead-by-example, fashion and Lewis doing so with loud fiery speeches and physical dominance. The end-result is much the same, excellence.

It is not known what will happen over the next few months, but I find it hard to believe two players known for their leadership and clutch performances, would allow their respective careers to end on terms they didn’t control.

Regardless of whether they decide to prolong their journey to athletic immortality, sports fans should reflect on what these legends have given us over the past two decades.

Youtube. Ray Lewis. Derek Jeter. Now.

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