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Ray Lewis
Lewis during a 2008 regular season game
No. 52
Personal information
Date of birth: May 15, 1975 (1975-05-15) (age 46)
Place of birth: Bartow, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Lakeland (FL) Kathleen
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
Debuted in 1996 for the Baltimore Ravens
Last played in 2012 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 13× Pro Bowl (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • AP first-team All-Pro (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009)
  • 3× AP second-team All-Pro (1997, 1998, 2010)
  • Super Bowl champion (XXXV, XLVII)
  • 2× AFC champion (2000, 2012)
  • Super Bowl XXXV MVP
  • 2× AP NFL Defensive Player of Year (2000, 2003)
  • 3× AFC Defensive Player Of The Year (2000, 2001, 2003)
  • 2× NFL Alumni Linebacker Of The Year (1999, 2003)
  • All-American (1994, 1995)
  • Record 13 Pro Bowls for an Inside/Middle Linebacker
  • Record 10 All-Pro selections for Inside/Middle Linebacker
  • Record 10 All-Pro selections for a Linebacker (tied with Lawrence Taylor)
  • Most Games Started at Inside/Middle Linebacker (227)
  • Most Interception Return Yards for an Inside/Middle Linebacker (503)
  • Most seasons played at Inside/Middle Linebacker (17)
  • Most Tackles in a Postseason since 2000 (51)
  • NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
  • 20 sack/20 interception Club- Quickest to reach (113 games)
  • 30 sack/30 Interception Club- Quickest to reach (204 games)
  • 40 sack/30 Interception Club- Only Member
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 2,061
Quarterback sacks 41.5
Interceptions 31
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Ray Anthony Lewis, Jr. (born May 15, 1975) is a former American football player. He played linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). He played his entire career for the Baltimore Ravens from 1996 to 2013. He played for the University of Miami in college. Lewis was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens with the 26th pick in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft. Lewis was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV making 11 tackles, 6 assists, and blocked 4 passes. He was the first linebacker to win the Super Bowl MVP award on the winning team.


Lewis grew up in Florida.

College Football

Lewis played for the Miami Hurricanes in college as a middle linebacker. Even though critics often said he was too small, Lewis became known for his intimidating style of play. He wore #52 on his jersey.

Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

Lewis was drafted 26th oveall in the 1st Round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. Four years later, Lewis was a Super Bowl MVP when Baltimore defeated the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. In that Super Bowl-winning 2000 NFL season, Lewis was part of a famous linebacker group that also had outside linebackers Jamie Sharper and Peter Boulware. Lewis was elected as the NFL Defensive player of the Year in 2000, and won it again in 2003.

Jeremi Johnson and Ray Lewis
Lewis playing against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium.

Throughout his career, Lewis has built a reputation as one of the best players in NFL history. In 2011, Lewis ranked #8 on the NFL's list of top 100 players. In his 16-year career, Lewis registered 1,993 tackles (1,514 solo), 40.5 sacks, intercepted 31 quarterback passes (returned for a total of 503 yards), and three touchdowns (including postseason).

On January 2, 2013, Lewis said that he intends retire from professional football after the 2012–13 NFL playoffs.


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Lewis visits Army soldiers

Lewis is a self-proclaimed Christian. He lives in Maryland, USA. In 2001, Lewis started the Ray Lewis Foundation, which helps struggling young people. Lewis is respected by Baltimore. He even has a street named after him, "#52 Avenue."

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