|Date of Birth
||May 15, 1975
|Place of Birth
||Bartow, Florida, USA
Ray Lewis was born on May 15, 1975 in Bartow, Florida. Although Lewis may not be the most well liked player in the NFL, he is surely one of the best. From his middle linebacker position Lewis wreaks havoc on opposing offenses week in and week out. It is safe to say that he is one of the best defensive players in the league due to his hard hits, intensity, strength, and overall speed.
After a successful career at the University of Miami, Lewis was ready to take on the NFL. He was selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the 26th pick in the first round. Although many teams passed him by on draft day, it is safe to say that they regret this each and every time they have to meet Lewis on the field.
During his time in the league Lewis has won many awards. In 2000 and 2003 he won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award. This makes him only the sixth player ever to win this award more than once. He was also the MVP of Super Bowl 2000 when he led the Ravens to a victory.
For his career Lewis has amassed 1,838 tackles, 79 pass deflections, 12 fumble recoveries, 23 interceptions, and 28 sacks. He has managed to put up these gaudy numbers in only 148 games. These stats were good enough to earn recognition on the Pro Bowl Team on eight different occasions.
It is safe to say that Lewis will always been known as one of the best middle linebackers to ever play the game. Although he did not come into the NFL with the hype of some other players, he has proved that he is among the cream of the crop. When Lewis finally decides to hang up his spikes for good he can be proud that he left a legacy behind.