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Ray Lewis' emotional disposition and profession of his Christian faith were recently spoofed on "Saturday Night Live."
Lewis, 37-year-old, veteran Baltimore Ravens linebacker, has made headlines throughout the NFL playoffs where he has been vocal and emotional about overcoming adversity through faith. Kenan Thompson, "SNL" comedian outfitted in a Lewis jersey complete with a wave cap and eye blacks, participated in a mock interview with fellow "SNL" host Seth Meyers on the show that aired one week before Super Bowl XLVII.
When Meyers asked the comedian portraying Lewis if he was excited to participate in the Super Bowl game, Thompson gave a tearful response.
"Aw Seth it's going to be amazing," the comedian responded while pretending to cry.
During the singing of the National Anthem during the AFC Championship game where the Ravens bested the New England Patriots, Lewis was shown tearfully mouthing what looked to be the phrase "thank you my father." Meyers questioned the fictitious Lewis about the ordeal that made a number of media headlines.
"It's just...I never heard that song before," the "SNL" Lewis said, explaining his tearful response to the singing of the National Anthem. "I always wear earplugs during the games to block out the sounds of my own screams."
While Meyers said he hoped Lewis' team can overcome the San Francisco 49ers in the upcoming Super Bowl, Thompson poked fun of the linebacker's optimism showcased in the media.
"Seth, I can't listen to that. I've been through too much to get here. I'm 37 years old, I got a torn tricep, I can't get this paint off of my face..but I know that it's all part of a higher plan," Thompson said, mocking Lewis. "The world is amazing Seth, look outside."
While Lewis is known to have publicly overcome obstacles such as injury this season and a public murder trial 13 years ago, Thompson made sure to point out a few obstacles that his portrayal of the linebacker had to overcome.
"I was driving up Sixth Avenue, and then this police officer said that the road was closed. He said because of construction, there's a ditch up two blocks ahead. I said 'look! No roads are closed to Ray Lewis because I believe only a higher power can tell Ray what to do,'" Thompson told Meyers. "Well I drove two blocks up and crashed into a detour. Yea, I cracked two ribs Seth. Yea, I got a detached retina. But I got here. I survived. Nothing can keep Ray Lewis down. Not a ditch, not a retina...not the 49ers! Man we are not going to lose that game!"
When questioned about what he would do if he won the big game next Sunday, Thompson's character highlighted the fact that Lewis has been vocal about his belief in God.
"Seth, if we win the Super Bowl I'm going to go to the 50-yard line of the Superdome, kneel down and then I'm going to ascend into heaven," the fake Lewis said with a tearful response. "I'm going through the roof Seth! That's going to be a sight!"
After his most recent AFC Championship win, Lewis seemed just as sure that his team would be victorious in the Super Bowl with a faithful statement.
"I just said that God doesn't make mistakes," Lewis said after earning a spot in Super Bowl XLVII. "He's never made one mistake. There was no way that He was going to bring us back here twice to feel that same feeling. We're back, but this time we're on our way to the Super Bowl."