Ray Lewis: No Mickey Mouse

updated 04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/29/1997 12:00AM

The Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player Ray Lewis isn't going to California's Disneyland or to Florida's Disney World, but his Ravens quarterback, Trent Dilfer, is. Reports say that Dilfer got the nod from the Walt Disney Company to star in its well-known "I'm going to Disney World" (or, for those west of the Rocky Mountains, "I'm going to Disneyland") TV ads. Usually the honor goes to the game's MVP, but Lewis's brush with the law last year is being viewed by some as making him not terribly appealing to the family-oriented Disney people. The Baltimore star linebacker was charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of two men outside an Atlanta nightclub after last year's Super Bowl game. The murder charges were later dropped, but Lewis, as a witness to the killings, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice and admitted that he lied to police. Without mentioning Lewis, a Disney spokesman told the New York Post that Dilfer's history of being dropped by one team, starting the season as a backup and then going on to lead his team to a 34-7 victory over the New York Giants last Sunday in Tampa "is a real Cinderella story. And we love Cinderella stories."

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