He flew 12 hours and 5,000 miles to get here but compared with last year, Baltimores Ray Lewis wasnt complaining.
"Bein here is great," the Super Bowl MVP said after his first Pro Bowl practice yesterday.
Last year at this time, on the day he was to have boarded a flight to Honolulu for his first Pro Bowl start, Lewis was taken into custody on murder and assault charges stemming from the death of two men in Atlanta after a Super Bowl party.
The charges were dropped in June, and Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.
Yesterday, after a return to Baltimore for a parade to celebrate the Ravens Super Bowl triumph and a cross-country trip, the linebacker got in a Pro Bowl workout.
"Its been hard, the playoffs, the Super Bowl, the long flights out here and everything," Lewis said. "Mentally youre kind of worn out. But to be here again, to be around the guys and have fun gives you a spark."
Fore! You knew it wasnt going to be a drawn-out session for the AFC unit yesterday when San Diegos Junior Seau yelled, "I have a 10:30 (a.m.) tee time," just before the 9:05 a.m. beginning of practice.
By 9:55 a.m. practice was over.
Beach Bowling Match: Ray Lewis, Kurt Warner and Tony Gonzalez headline the lineup for the Beach Bowling Bash tomorrow at noon at Fort DeRussy Beach. Eight NFL stars make up the field for the event that is free and open to the public... . Marcus Allen, Joe Theismann and Eric Dickerson will be among 14 retired NFL players in the NFL Alumni Legends Beach Bowl tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Fort DeRussy Beach. The event is free and will be taped for Saturday broadcast on ESPN.
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