Ray Lewis

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Ray Lewis

17 Seasons
12 Pro Bowls
2000s NFL All-Decade Team
XXXV Super Bowl MVP
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17

Seasons

12

Pro Bowls

2000s

NFL All-Decade Team

XXXV

Super Bowl MVP
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(Miami - Florida)...6'1'', 240...1st round pick (26th overall) by expansion Ravens in 1996 NFL Draft … Hard-hitting linebacker and team leader on punishing defense … … Started at middle linebacker in four AFC championship games and two Super Bowls … Twice named Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year (2000, 2003) … Earned Most Valuable Player honors in Ravens’ 34-7 victory over Giants in Super Bowl XXXV after recording three tackles, two assists and four passes defensed … Became just second player in league history to earn NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl MVP in same season … Tallied four tackles and three assists in Ravens’ 34-31 win over 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII … Led Ravens in tackles 14 seasons (1996-2001, 2003-04, 2006-2011) … Named All-Pro eight times … Voted to 12 Pro Bowls … Selected to NFL All-Decade Team of 2000s … First player in NFL history with 40 sacks and 30 interceptions in a career … Recorded 41.5 career sacks … 31 interceptions returned for 503 yards and 3 TDs … Recovered a team record 20 fumbles … Amassed franchise record 2,643 career tackles Tallied 50 career take-aways (31 interceptions plus 19 opponents’ fumbles recovered) that ranks second among linebackers since 1970 merger … Born May 15, 1975 in Bartow, Florida.

BIO

Ray Lewis Baltimore Ravens

University of Miami (FL) linebacker Ray Lewis entered the NFL as the Baltimore Ravens first round pick, 26th overall, in the 1996 NFL Draft. Lewis, the franchise’s second-ever draft choice (Hall of Fame tackle Jonathan Ogden was the first), played his entire 17-year career with the team (1996-2012).

Lewis immediately became a leader on defense and led the team in tackles as a rookie. That marked the first of 14 times in his 17 seasons that he led the team in that category. At the time of his retirement in 2012, Lewis held three records with the Ravens – most seasons played (17), most career games (228) and most career opponent fumbles recovered (20). He posted a franchise record 2,643 career tackles, including a single season team-best 225 stops in 2003.

In 2000, Lewis led a staunch Ravens defense which established a 16-game single-season record for the fewest points allowed (165), the fewest rushing yards allowed (970) and recorded four shutouts. The season was capped with a 34-7 victory over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV where Lewis’ three tackles, two assists and four passes defensed earned him Most Valuable Player honors.

Lewis’s career ended in storybook fashion after the 2012 season when he recovered from a torn triceps muscle in midseason to participate in the team’s postseason run. In his final game, he had three tackles, two assists and four passes defensed to help Baltimore defeat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII.

A 12-time Pro Bowl selection, Lewis received first-team All-Pro honors eight times during his career. He was recognized as the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2003, and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

Lewis is the only player in the NFL history with at least 40 career sacks and 30 career interceptions (41.5 sacks and 31 interceptions). He is second only to Hall of Famer Jack Ham (53) in take-aways by a linebacker since the 1970 merger with 50 – 31 interceptions and 19 opponents’ fumble recoveries.

STATS

Ray Lewis's Stats

     

Interceptions

 

Year

Team

G

No.

Yds.

TD

Sacks

1996

Baltimore

14

1

0

0

2.5

1997

Baltimore

16

1

18

0

4.0

1998

Baltimore

14

2

25

0

3.0

1999

Baltimore

16

3

97

0

3.5

2000

Baltimore

16

2

1

0

3.0

2001

Baltimore

16

3

115

0

3.5

2002

Baltimore

5

2

4

0

0.0

2003

Baltimore

16

6

99

1

1.5

2004

Baltimore

15

0

0

0

1.0

2005

Baltimore

6

1

0

0

1.0

2006

Baltimore

14

2

27

0

5.0

2007

Baltimore

14

2

35

1

2.0

2008

Baltimore

16

3

43

0

3.5

2009

Baltimore

16

0

9

0

3.0

2010

Baltimore

16

2

26

1

2.0

2011

Baltimore

12

1

4

0

2.0

2012

Baltimore

6

0

0

0

1.0

Career Total

228

31

503

3

41.5

 

      Additional Career Statistics: Safety: 1



CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Ray Lewis's Championship Games

Championship Games

2000 AFC – Baltimore Ravens 16, Oakland Raiders 3

Lewis started the game at middle linebacker. He had five tackles, two assists, one tackle for loss and two passes defensed. He also recovered one fumble.

2008 AFC – Pittsburgh Steelers 23, Baltimore Ravens 14

Lewis started the game at middle linebacker. He had six tackles, three assists. He also had one forced fumble and one pass defensed.

2011 AFC – New England 23, Baltimore Ravens 20

Lewis started the game at middle linebacker. He had five tackles and seven assists.

2012 AFC – Baltimore Ravens 28, New England 13

Lewis started the game at middle linebacker. He had six tackles and eight assists.

 

Super Bowls

Super Bowl XXXV - Baltimore Ravens 34, New York Giants 7

Lewis started the game at middle linebacker. He had three tackles, two assists and four pass defensed.

Super Bowl XLVII – Baltimore Ravens 34, San Francisco 49ers 31

Lewis started the game at middle linebacker. He had four tackles and three assists.

 



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Ray Lewis's Career Highlights

All-League Teams

 All-Pro: 1998 (SN)  ·  1999 (AP, PFWA, SN)  ·  2000 (AP, PFWA, SN)  ·  2001 (AP, SN)  ·  2003 (AP, PFWA, SN)  ·  2004 (AP, SN)  ·  2008 (AP, PFWA)  ·  2009 (AP)

All-Pro Second Team: 1997 (AP)  ·  1998 (AP)  ·  2010 (AP)                                                                   

All-AFC: 1999 (PW)  ·  2000 (PW)  ·  2001 (PW)  ·  2003 (PW)

 

Pro Bowls

(12) – 1998, 1999, 2000*, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005*, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

 

*Did not play

 

In the NFL Record Book
(at time of his retirement following the 2012 season)

 

Pro Bowl Records

  • [Tied for 1st] Most Interceptions Returned for TD, Game – 1 (2002)
  • [Tied for 3rd] Most Games Played – 10

 

Team Records

Ravens records held by Lewis

(Records through the 2012 season, Lewis’ final season with Baltimore)

  • [1st] Most Seasons – 17
  • [1st] Most Games, Career – 228
  • [1st] Most Opponent Fumbles Recovered, Career – 20
  • [2nd] Most Forced Fumbles, Career – 20
  • [2nd] Most Interceptions, Career – 31
  • [2nd] Most Interceptions Return Yards, Career – 503

[Tied for 2nd] Most Forced Fumbles, Games – 2 (vs. Jacksonville, Dec. 28, 2008)

  • [Tied for 2nd] Most Safeties, Career – 1
  • [Tied for 2nd] Most Safeties, Season – 1 (1999)
  • [4th] Most Sacks, Career – 41.5
  • [4th] Most Sack Yardage, Career – 266
  • [Tied for 4th] Most Interceptions, Season – 6 (2003)
  • [Tied for 4th] Most Sack Yardage, Game – 25 (vs. Cleveland, Nov. 26, 2000)

Postseason Records

  • [1st] Most Games Played, Career – 21
  • [1st] Most Forced Fumbles, Career – 6 
  • [1st] Most Forced Fumbles, Game – 2
  • [Tied for 1st] Most Interceptions Return for Touchdown, Career – 1 (vs. Tennessee, Jan. 07, 2001)
  • [3rd] Most Interception Return Yards, Career – 59
  • [3rd] Longest Interception Return – 50td (vs. Tennessee, Jan. 07, 2001)

 

Awards and Honors

  • Super Bowl XXXV MVP
  • 2000 AP Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2003 AP Defensive Player of the Year
  • NFL All-Decade Team of 2000s

 

Year-by-Year Team Records

1996     Baltimore Ravens.............. 4-12-0   (5th)

1997     Baltimore Ravens................ 6-9-1   (5th)

1998     Baltimore Ravens.............. 6-10-0   (4th)

1999     Baltimore Ravens................ 8-8-0   (3rd)

2000     Baltimore Ravens............. 12-4-0   (2nd)

2001     Baltimore Ravens............. 10-6-0   (2nd)

2002     Baltimore Ravens................ 7-9-0   (3rd)

2003     Baltimore Ravens............. 10-6-0   (1st)

2004     Baltimore Ravens            9-7-0     (2nd)

2005     Baltimore Ravens.............. 6-10-0   (3rd)

2006     Baltimore Ravens............. 13-3-0   (1st)
2007     Baltimore Ravens.............. 5-11-0   (4th)

2008     Baltimore Ravens............. 11-5-0   (2nd)

2009     Baltimore Ravens............... 9-7-0   (2nd)

2010     Baltimore Ravens............. 12-4-0   (2nd)

2011     Baltimore Ravens............. 12-4-0   (1st)

2012     Baltimore Ravens............. 10-6-0   (1st)

(Division Finish in Parentheses)

Qualified for Postseason in Bold

 

League/Team Statistical Titles

 

Team Statistical Championships

Tackles Leader: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009,

2010, 2011

 

CAREER CAPSULE

Ray Lewis's Career Capsule

Full Name: Raymond Anthony Lewis

Birthdate: May 15, 1975

Birthplace: Bartow, Florida

High School: Kathleen (Lakeland, FL)

Pro Career: 17 seasons, 228 games

Drafted: 1st round (26th player overall) in 1996 by Baltimore Ravens