“Ray Lewis Was A Baptist Minister, Military General Rolled Into One”: Shannon Sharpe Anoints Ravens Legend Over John Elway In Leadership Skills

Ashish Priyadarshi
|Published August 17, 2021

Shannon Sharpe was one of the game’s greatest tight ends in his prime, but even he placed Ray Lewis over John Elway when it came to leadership.

Currently, Shannon Sharpe is the co-host of FS1’s ‘Undisputed’ along with Skip Bayless forming the famous ‘Skip and Shannon’ talk-show.

However, in his youth, he was out there with some of the best players in NFL history, including former Broncos quarterback John Elway and former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. Sharpe had the opportunity of playing with both legends in his career, and he had an interesting take on the leadership abilities of both.

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Shannon Sharpe Places Ray Lewis Above John Elway In Leadership Abilities

Ray Lewis was one of the feistiest players to ever walk on an NFL field. From big hits to energetic and passionate speeches, Ray Lewis embodied the ultimate leader and competitor mindset.

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That’s exactly why Sharpe felt like Lewis was the ultimate leader over John Elway. Sharpe would compare Elway and Lewis saying,

“Obviously, Ray In the 100-year history [of the NFL], Ray might be one of the top two or three motivational, inspiring [players]. He’d have you wanting to run through a wall. He’s very Baptist minister, military general, he’s all those things rolled into one. He got you fired up. Sorry John, but Ray’s got this one.”

Elway was of course no slouch himself. He’s one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the game, but Ray Lewis may definitely have him beat here.

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Ashish Priyadarshi

Ashish Priyadarshi

Ashish Priyadarshi is The SportsRush's content manager and editor. Ashish freelanced for 1 year in the NFL division before taking on an editorial role in the company. He then tacked on managing content while adding on a writing role in the NBA division. Ashish has been closely following the NFL and NBA since the 2012 season when the Patriots lost the Super Bowl and Derrick Rose was at the height of his powers. Since then, Ashish has focused on honing his knowledge for both leagues in, even writing crossover pieces. In his free time, Ashish is an avid basketball player, he loves to watch movies and TV shows, immersing himself in the cinematic world. Ashish studies computer science and data science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and would love to mesh his love for sports with his technical skills.

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