Ray Lewis, TIME's Person of the Year 2022?

NFL star among finalists for TIME’s 2022 Person of the Year?

According to a well-placed source, NFL star Ray Lewis is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2022. But while the footballer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 27/06/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Lewis for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 47-year-old footballer, as a 2022 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Lewis so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the footballer have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Bartow Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Bartow (Ray Lewis' hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the footballer was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“#LewisPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 26 Jun 2022
“Congrats! Ray has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 26 Jun 2022
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Ray Lewis?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 26 Jun 2022

Could 2022 officially be the Year of Ray Lewis?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2022 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2022?

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