Ray Lewis is expected to be voted to the Football Hall of Fame in 2018 on his first ballot. The standout linebacker played his entire 17-year NFL career for the Baltimore Ravens. He played college football for the University of Miami, where he earned All-American honors. Drafted by the Ravens in 1996, Lewis was the last player remaining from the inaugural Ravens team.
Playing middle linebacker for his entire career, Lewis is considered one of the greatest ever to play the position. Lewis was selected to 13 Pro Bowls and named an Associated Press All-Pro ten times. He is also thought to be the greatest Baltimore Ravens player of all time. He was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2003, becoming the sixth player to win this award multiple times. Lewis played on two Super Bowl Championship teams and was only the second linebacker to win the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award.
In March 2013, Lewis joined ESPN as a contributor for their NFL coverage, rising to immediate prominence on “Sunday NFL Countdown” and its signature “Monday Night Football” broadcasts.
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