With Super Bowl XLVII just a couple weeks away, mega producer Dr. Dre has already publicly announced his pick in the Baltimore Ravens versus San Francisco 49ers match-up.
Although Dre resides in California, he is rooting for the Ravens to pull out an upset.
He’s from California (Compton to be exact) … but Dr. Dre tells TMZ he’s not backing his home state team in the Super Bowl … ’cause he’s a HUGE Ray Lewis fan. Dre was leaving Boa in Hollywood last night when he told us he’ll be supporting the Baltimore Ravens on Feb. 3 when they take on the San Francisco 49ers. “I’m excited for Ray Lewis,” Dre said … “He’s a good guy and I’m a fan of his … I’m wishing the best for him.” (TMZ)
Earlier this month, Dre’s former N.W.A. group member Ice Cube hit up SOHH and said he is also pulling for Lewis’ Ravens.
“I’m going for Ray Lewis. Ray Lewls, that’s who I’m pulling for,” Cube told SOHH. “I’m pulling for him and the Baltimore Ravens. I hope they do it. I’d love to see him go out on top. You know he’s going out on top, if you ask me, but I would love to at least see him play in the Super Bowl. I don’t mind either San Fran or Seattle getting [to the Super Bowl]. Seattle’s a big a** team. They ain’t no little boys. [Seahawks quarterback] Russell Wilson is an athlete. He ain’t just no quarterback. He’s one of those football players. He’s an athlete. You can’t sleep on no dude like that because he ain’t gonna quit.” (SOHH)
Yesterday, Ray Lewis spoke on defeating the rival New England Patriots amid taunting from the city leading up to Sunday night’s game.
In an on-field interview following Baltimore’s 28-13 win over the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said he was motivated by a Massachusetts billboard counting down the hours to his “retirement party.” Lewis said before the playoffs that this postseason would be his last. “I was hurt when I saw a sign that actually said my retirement would [start] tonight,” Lewis said. “Man can’t dictate that. God dictates that.” (Boston)
Win or lose, the former NFL champion will play his final professional game at Super Bowl XLVII.
For the other Ravens, these playoffs are about giving Lewis a storybook ending to his career. He said Sunday it can be difficult walking into a locker room sometimes, knowing so many players want a moment of his time. That’s kind of an odd thing to say, but then again, few players have ever commanded more respect in a locker room than No. 52. “I’ve always said, ‘When you leave your legacy, what will your legacy be?’ ” Lewis said. “And to hear men tell you they love you. And to hear men tell you they respect the life that you live. It’s the ultimate.” Everything Ray Lewis says sounds like the final speech from your favorite sports movie. Now we get to sit back and see how it all ends. (NFL)
Check out Dr. Dre’s interview: