Jr. Raymond Anthony Lewis Raymond Anthony Lewis Jr. (born May 15, 1975) is a retired American professional football linebacker who spent his entire 17-year NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens (NFL). He was named to the Pro Bowl after his first two seasons and ended up being an alternate for the game after recording nine sacks in 1999.
After graduating from West Virginia University, where he played on campus at West Virginia University as a graduate student, Lewis was selected by the Ravens in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He won a Super Bowl in February 2013 against the San Francisco 49ers. This makes him only the second player from his draft class (along with Ed Reed) to win a Super Bowl ring.
During his career, he had 901 tackles, 67.5 sacks, 21 interceptions, three forced fumbles, and one touchdown.
He announced his retirement on March 8, 2015.
Lewis started out as a special teams contributor but became one of the team's most productive pass rushers during the 2000s (decade). He finished his career with 179 tackles, 13 sacks, 31 passes defensed, and two interceptions while playing in 160 games over 16 years.
|NFL Draft:||1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26|
|Baltimore Ravens (1996–2012)|
Lewis retired in 2013 after guiding the Ravens to another Super Bowl triumph, and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.
He finished his career with 556 tackles, 36 passes defensed, 12 interceptions, 122/1,097 (11.5%) takedowns as a defender, and 26/28 (93.9%) stops as a linebacker. He also had 9/9 (100%) sacks in 2000 and 2001. Lewis won a championship in his final season with the Ravens, beating New England Patriots 34-7 in the AFC Championship Game.
After retiring, Lewis went on to become a consultant for the Baltimore Ravens. His knowledge and experience are used by the team when making decisions about player personnel.
He is considered one of the greatest middle linebackers of all time. Lewis is the only player in NFL history with 200 or more tackles in each of his first 10 seasons. He was selected for six consecutive All-Pro teams during the 2000s.
Besides playing football, Lewis has been involved in many other activities while holding various positions within the organization. He is currently the vice president of community affairs for the Ravens.
He has also been involved in fundraising efforts throughout Maryland and the city of Baltimore.
Jamal Lewis leads the Baltimore Ravens in running yards from 1996 through 2021. The Baltimore Ravens' career running leader is Jamal Lewis, who has 7,801 yards. Lewis won the NFL's rushing title in 2003 when he had 1,359 yards. He's only runner up in this category is Michael Vick at 10,097 yards.
Lewis joined the Ravens after playing his first seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. During that time, he ranked second in the league in scoring twice and led his team to the playoffs four times. He was drafted in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Bengals.
After leaving Cincinnati, Lewis went on to have a very successful run with the Ravens. He was the MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII and also won the NFL's rushing title in 2003 when he had 1,359 yards. In addition, Lewis has six 100-yard games this season alone. However, his career with the Ravens ended last year after nine seasons. He will be considered one of the greatest runners in franchise history.
The Baltimore Ravens' current leading rusher is Mark Ingram, who has 2,947 yards. He joined the Ravens after five seasons with the New Orleans Saints.
He was picked by the Panthers in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft after playing college football for the Utah Utes. He spent the final three years of his career with the Baltimore Ravens. During that time, he started 52 games and finished with 551 receptions for 9,089 yards and 58 touchdowns.
In 2005, he led the league in drops when he had 70 balls thrown his way. That number is very high because most receivers only drop one or two balls every season. He also tied a league record by being penalized 15 times during a single game (he still holds this record).
In 2006, he dropped more passes (39) than any other receiver except for Mike Williams who dropped 40 balls last year. Still, Smith managed to catch 910 yards and eight touchdowns. He also returned five kicks for 105 yards and a touchdown.
During Super Bowl XLVII, Smith got attention for wearing cleats designed by Puma that made noises when he walked. The company gave him $100,000 as part of its "Genius Grant" program that provides financial support to young artists. In addition, Puma announced it will create 10 additional pairs of cleats with similar technology for future Super Bowls.
Smith has been suspended four times by the NFL for violations of the drug policy.
Player statistics are available on NFL.com. Dennis Gregory Pitta Jr. (born June 29, 1985) is a former tight end in the National Football League. He was a consensus All-American in collegiate football at BYU. The Baltimore Ravens selected him in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He plays for the Ravens.
Pronounced (DAN uh SSEE PITTA), an American football player who plays the tight end position. The term "tight end" comes from the fact that these players work closely with the offensive and defensive lines to block defenders off the edge while receiving runners or pass-catchers release into their areas of influence. They are required to have good size (4 feet 11 inches tall and over 250 pounds) and speed (34 yards per game or faster). A tight end can be a target for the quarterback, a blocker protecting the edge against linebackers and defensive backs, or a receiver. Many top tight ends have also been successful at running back during their careers. The role of the tight end has changed over time; today they are usually expected to be more than just a blocking weapon, and many star players now specialize in the position.
Pitta played college football for the Brigham Young University Cougars. As a senior in 2008 he was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press and College Football News. He finished his career with 71 receptions for 917 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Today, Ray Lewis prepares to play his farewell NFL game as one of the league's most recognized and legendary players. These are two sets of undeniable facts that do not appear to be connected in any significant manner.
After spending his entire career with the Baltimore Ravens, Ray Lewis finished his career with 1,387 combined tackles, 19 sacks, three interceptions, 52 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, and two defensive touchdowns. He was a four-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and won the 2000s Super Bowl victory over the New York Giants.
During his 14-year career, Lewis was selected for the Pro Bowl on eight occasions. He won the Ed Block Courage Award in 2004 after appearing in 152 games and starting 137 of them. His retirement makes him the first player in NFL history to win the Defensive Player of the Year award twice.
Ray Lewis started out playing football at St. Frances Academy in Burlington, North Carolina. After graduating in 1997, he attended University of Miami where he played defensive tackle for the Miami Hurricanes. In 1999, the Baltimore Ravens selected Lewis with the 18th overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft. He spent his entire career with the Ravens until 2016 when he decided to retire at the age of 34.