Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

Baltimore Ravens, LB

 

Raymond Anthony Lewis, Jr. was born May 15, 1975 and is a retired linebacker who spent his entire 17-year career playing for the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL. He played for the University of Miami in college. Lewis is considered one of the greatest middle linebackers ever to play the position. Lewis helped build his image over the years while being selected to 13 Pro Bowls and named an Associated Press All-Pro 10 times. He won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2003. He was also the second linebacker to win the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award and the first to win the award on the winning Super Bowl team.

After a triceps tear that sidelined him for most of the 2012–13 season, Lewis returned for playoffs and guided the Ravens playoff run and a victory in Super Bowl XLVII.

Ray built a reputation as a leader and intimidating force at middle linebacker. In 12 of his 14 seasons he led his team in tackles. The Sports List selected him as the third-best linebacker of all time. He has been referenced in television shows such as The Wire, films such as The Rundown, and in music videos, such as in Mario's "Just a Friend 2002" and Nelly's "Heart of a Champion". He has appeared on television ads for The NFL Network, Reebok, Under Armour, Old Spice, and Eastern Motors. He was featured on the cover of Madden NFL 2005. He was documented in NFL Network's documentary series A Football Life.

 

Career highlights and awards

 

NFL Records

  • 13 Pro Bowls for an Inside/Middle Linebacker[1]
  • 10 All-Pro selections for Inside/Middle Linebacker
  • 10 All-Pro selections for a Linebacker (tied with Lawrence Taylor)
  • 51 tackles, single postseason

 

Career highlights and awards

NFL Records

  • 13 Pro Bowls for an Inside/Middle Linebacker
  • 10 All-Pro selections for Inside/Middle Linebacker
  • 10 All-Pro selections for a Linebacker (tied with Lawrence Taylor)
  • 51 tackles, single postseason

 

 

 


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