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Encyclopedia > Ray Lewis (NFL)
Ray Lewis
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Date of birth May 15, 1975
Place of birth Bartow, Florida
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Position(s) MLB
College University of Miami
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NFL Draft 1996 / Round 1 / 26th Overall
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Pro Bowls 7-1997, 1998, 1999, 2000,
2001, 2003, 2004
Awards 2003 AP NFL DEF POY
2000 AP NFL DEF POY
2000 Super Bowl MVP
Honors
Retired #s
Records
Statistics Pro Football Reference
Statistics NFL.com
Statistics CBS.com
Statistics DatabaseFootball
Statistics ESPN
Statistics Sports Illustrated
Statistics CFL.ca
Team(s)
1996–Present Baltimore Ravens
Canadian Football Hall of Fame [1]
College Football Hall of Fame [2]
Pro Football Hall of Fame, [[{{{HOF}}} in sports|{{{HOF}}}]]

Ray Anthony Lewis (born May 15, 1975 in Bartow, Florida) is an American football linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL. May 15 is the 135th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (136th in leap years). ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Bartow is a city located in the U.S. State of Florida in Central Florida east of the Tampa Bay area. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... A linebacker is a position in American and Canadian football. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The University of Miami, sometimes called UM or The U, is a private university, founded in 1925, with its main campus in the city of Coral Gables in metropolitan Miami, Florida, in the United States. ... The Canadian College Draft, sometimes referred to as the CFL Draft or CFL College Draft is an annual sports draft in which Canadian Football League (CFL) teams select amateur college Canadian football players and other eligible players. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1996 NFL Draft Categories: | ... The American Football League (AFL, 1960 - 1969) stocked its teams in two ways: 1) Signing free agents (players whose contracts in other professional football leagues had expired, or who had no professional experience). ... Tackle during 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii A top cheerleader from each team takes part in the 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... An award is something given to a person or group of people to recognize excellence in a certain field. ... The NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award is given by the Associated Press to the leagues most outstanding defensive player at the end of every NFL season since 1971. ... The NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award is given by the Associated Press to the leagues most outstanding defensive player at the end of every NFL season since 1971. ... The Super Bowl MVP, or Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, is an award given at the conclusion of the Super Bowl, the National Football Leagues championship game, to the player deemed to have made the most significant positive impact on the outcome of the game. ... Honours may refer to: Honours, used to recognise merit in terms of achievement and service in the British honours system Honours degree, in association with Bachelors degree See also Honour or honor, comprises the reputation, self-perception or moral identity of an individual or of a group This is... Retirement is the status of a worker who has stopped working. ... A world record is the best performance in a certain discipline, usually a sports event. ... A graph of a bell curve in a normal distribution showing statistics used in educational assessment, comparing various grading methods. ... A graph of a bell curve in a normal distribution showing statistics used in educational assessment, comparing various grading methods. ... A graph of a bell curve in a normal distribution showing statistics used in educational assessment, comparing various grading methods. ... A graph of a bell curve in a normal distribution showing statistics used in educational assessment, comparing various grading methods. ... A graph of a bell curve in a normal distribution showing statistics used in educational assessment, comparing various grading methods. ... A graph of a bell curve in a normal distribution showing statistics used in educational assessment, comparing various grading methods. ... A graph of a bell curve in a normal distribution showing statistics used in educational assessment, comparing various grading methods. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot Edgar, Allan, and Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996-present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore Ravens... The Canadian Football Hall of Fame officially opened as a museum to dedicate football in Canada on November 28, 1972. ... The College Football Hall of Fame, located in South Bend, Indiana, United States, is a hall of fame devoted to college football. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is technically the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... May 15 is the 135th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (136th in leap years). ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Bartow is a city located in the U.S. State of Florida in Central Florida east of the Tampa Bay area. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... A linebacker is a position in American and Canadian football. ... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot Edgar, Allan, and Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996-present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore Ravens... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ...


In January 2000, Lewis led Baltimore to a Super Bowl XXXV victory and was named "Most Valuable Player" for that game. Date January 28, 2001 Stadium Raymond James Stadium City Tampa, Florida MVP Ray Lewis, Linebacker Favorite Ravens by 3 National anthem Backstreet Boys Coin toss Marcus Allen, Ottis Anderson, Tom Flores, Bill Parcells Referee Gerald Austin Halftime show Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Nelly, Mary J. Blige and *NSYNC Attendance 71,921... The Super Bowl MVP, or Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, is an award given at the conclusion of the Super Bowl, the National Football Leagues championship game, to the player deemed to have made the most significant positive impact on the outcome of the game. ...

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University of Miami

Lewis was a three-year starter at the University of Miami, one of the nation's premier collegiate programs, and declared eligblity for the draft after his junior season. He earned consensus 1st team "All-American" and "All-Big East" honors his junior year. He finished his junior season with 160 tackles (2nd highest in University of Miami team history, behind only Ed Weisacosky's 164 in 1965). He finished his University of Miami career 5th in all-time tackles for the university, with 388 career stops, including 19 tackles for losses and 6 sacks. The University of Miami, sometimes called UM or The U, is a private university, founded in 1925, with its main campus in the city of Coral Gables in metropolitan Miami, Florida, in the United States. ...


Lewis left the university before graduating to pursue an NFL career. In the 1996 NFL Draft, he was selected in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens with the 26th overall pick.


NFL achievements

Lewis won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2000 and 2003. In 2003 Ray Lewis became just the sixth player to win the Defensive Player of the Year award multiple times (Lawrence Taylor - 3 times, Joe Greene, Mike Singletary, Bruce Smith and Reggie White - 2 times each). Lewis has career statistics (as credited by NFL.com) of 1307 total tackles, 56 passes defended, 24 sacks and 22 interceptions in 137 total games. Lewis has been selected to seven NFL Pro Bowl games in the eight years where he was eligible (ineligible in 2002 and 2005 due to injury) and has been named a starter in six. Lewis led the NFL in tackles 4 times (1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003) and led all linebackers in interceptions with six in 2003. Named an NFL AP/Consensus All-Pro in the years 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004. The NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award is given by the Associated Press to the leagues most outstanding defensive player at the end of every NFL season since 1971. ... Lawrence Julius Taylor (born February 4, 1959, in Williamsburg, Virginia) is a retired Hall of Fame American football player who played his entire career as a linebacker for the NFLs New York Giants. ... The name Joe Greene may refer to the following people: John James Greene, a Canadian politician. ... Michael Singletary (born October 9, 1958 in Houston, Texas) is a former linebacker in American football who played his entire career for the Chicago Bears in the NFL, after starring in college at Baylor University. ... Bruce Smith (b. ... Reginald Howard Reggie White (December 19, 1961 – December 26, 2004), nicknamed the Minister of Defense — a dual reference to his football prowess and to his Evangelical Christian ordination — was one of footballs most prolific sackers in college, the USFL and the NFL. // Career Reggie White was born in Chattanooga... Tackle during 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii A top cheerleader from each team takes part in the 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ...


Season by season NFL achievements

  • Was the 4th linebacker selected in the 1996 NFL Draft. Earned USA Today's All-Rookie team honors after leading the Ravens in tackles in the 1996 season.
  • Was selected to the Pro Bowl for five consecutive seasons (1997-2001) until his streak was cut short by a season ending injury in 2002.
  • In 1998 and 1999, Lewis made his second and third trips to the Pro Bowl after leading the Ravens for the 3rd straight year with 154 tackles. He was also tabbed for The Sporting News All-Pro Team in 1998' and led the NFL in tackles in 1999.
  • In 2000, Lewis led a defense which set a 16-game single season record for fewest points allowed (165) and fewest rushing yards allowed (970). The team recorded 4 shutouts, 1 shy of the single season record. Lewis finished 1st league-wide in 6 key defensive categories. Lewis won Superbowl XXXV MVP honors, Defensive Player of the Year honors, 1st team All-Pro honors by AP, and a unanimous All-Pro selection in 2000. He also started in the Pro Bowl.
  • In 2001, Lewis earned his 5th consecutive Pro Bowl when he led the NFL in tackles (196) and earned 1st-team All-Pro honors.
  • In 2002, Lewis was limited to only 5 games in 2002 due to a shoulder injury. He still managed to rank 5th on the team with 85 tackles in those 5 games and also posted 2 INTs, 2 PD, 1 FF and 1 FR in 2002. Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors week 3 vs. Denver after posting 20 tackles (12 solo), 2 PD and an INT on "Monday Night Football".
  • Lewis was the leading vote-getter (49 of 50) in 2003 as he earned 1st-team AP All-Pro honors. He earned AP NFL defensive player of the year Honors and also earned Pro Football Weekly, PFWA and Football Digest Defensive MVP honors. Was named to Dr. Z's Sports Illustrated All-Pro team, Pro Football Weekly's All-NFL team, Pro Football Weekly's All-AFC team, Football Digest's All-Pro 1st-team, The Sporting News' All-Pro team and received the KC 101 AFC Defensive Player of the Year award for the 3rd time.
  • In 2004, Lewis was also named 1st-team All Pro by the AP, 2nd-team "All Pro" by College and Pro Football Weekly and Football Digest and "All Pro" by The Sporting News in 2004.

Lewis' 2005 season was cut short again by injury in week 6, and he was placed on injured reserve in week 8. The injury left him on the sideline for the 10 remaining games of the season. Although injured, Lewis still amassed over 40 tackles a sack, and an interception. USA Today is a national American newspaper published by the Gannett Corporation. ... Tackle during 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii A top cheerleader from each team takes part in the 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Matthews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... Injured reserve is a special sports reserve list for professional teams to use if a player is injured and unable to play for the remainder of the season. ...


In his career with the Ravens, Lewis has consistently gained over 100 solo tackles each season with the Ravens.


2000 arrest for murder

Despite his accomplishments on the field, Lewis' public image was tarnished following a Super Bowl party on January 31, 2000, when he was arrested (along with his friends Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting) for the murders of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar. Baker and Lollar were stabbed to death outside a nightclub during a fight in the Buckhead district of Atlanta. In order to get murder charges against him dismissed, Lewis pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice in a plea bargain agreement[3], and agreed to testify against Oakley and Sweeting, who were each charged with murder. Oakley and Sweeting hired noted Atlanta criminal defense attorneys L. David Wolfe, Bruce Harvey, and Steve Sadow, very high priced legal representation, that some commentators have suggested were paid for by Lewis. The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Buckhead (sometimes Buckhead Village and denoted on some signs as Buckhead Community) is a community, comprising several neighborhoods, forming roughly the northern one-fifth of Atlanta, Georgia. ... This article is about the state capital of Georgia. ... A misdemeanors (or misdemeanour), in many common law legal systems, is a lesser criminal act. ... Modern Obstruction of Justice, in a common law state, refers to the crime of offering interference of any sort to the work of police, investigators, regulatory agencies, prosecutors, Irvine High School students, or other (usually government) officials. ... A plea bargain is an agreement in a criminal case in which a prosecutor and a defendant arrange to settle the case against the defendant. ...


They were found not guilty in June, 2000. No other suspects have ever been arrested for this crime, and to this day, the Atlanta P.D. and D.A.'s office believe that Lewis' associates were guilty, but were unable to make the charges stick. On April 29, 2004, Lewis reached a settlement with four-year-old India Lollar, who was born shortly after Lollar's death. The Baltimore Sun reported that Lewis has agreed to pay at least $1 million. The settlement pre-empted a civil trial scheduled to begin on June 14. A suit filed by Baker's family was settled previously for undisclosed terms. April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Sun is the newspaper of record for Baltimore, Maryland, with a daily press run of 247,193 copies and a Sunday run of 418,670 copies (9/30/05 Audit Bureau of Circulations report). ...


NFL career

Madden NFL cover

Since the murder allegations, Lewis's image has slowly recovered, and today he is considered one of the most dominant linebackers in the National Football League. He also has gained several national corporate endorsements, most of which draw upon his tough image. In 2004, Lewis was placed on the cover of the highly popular Madden NFL 2005 video game distributed by EA Sports. He is the only defensive player ever to be featured on the cover of the Madden game. A linebacker is a position in American and Canadian football. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... Screenshot Madden NFL 2001 (Nintendo 64) Madden NFL is an American football video game developed by Electronic Arts Tiburon (EA) for EA Sports. ... EA Sports is a brand name used by Electronic Arts since 1993 to distribute games based on sports. ...


Pre-game dance

Before each Ravens home game in which the defense is introduced, Lewis does his signature pre-game ritual dance. While playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, Terrell Owens once parodied the dance after scoring a touchdown against the Ravens. City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933-present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Status with the Ravens

According to a February 11, 2006 column by Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun, Lewis demanded to be traded before the 2005 season began and after the season concluded due to being disgruntled with the team for not renegotiating his contract. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach Brian Billick have denied these claims in separate instances. When asked by a Comcast SportsNet reporter if he supported Billick's return as head coach, Lewis refused to comment. February 11 is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Baltimore Sun is the major newspaper in Baltimore, Maryland, with a daily press run of about 430,000 copies, and a Sunday run of 540,000 copies. ... Ozzie Newsome Jr. ... Brian Billick (born February 28, 1954 in Fairborn, Ohio) is the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens of the American National Football League. ... Comcast SportsNet (or CSN) is a group of four regional sports networks. ...


Family

Ray Lewis' younger brother, Keon Lattimore is currently a running back for the Maryland Terrapins. The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in College Park, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., USA. As the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland, the university is most often referred to as the University of Maryland...


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Ray Lewis (NFL) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1286 words)
Lewis is widely considered to be one of the best linebackers in NFL history, known for his immense knowledge of the game, tremendous strength, sideline-sideline quickness, trash talking and hard hitting capability.
Lewis has been selected to seven NFL Pro Bowl games in the eight years where he was eligible (ineligible in 2002 and 2005 due to injury) and has been named a starter in six.
Lewis' 2005 season was cut short again by injury in week 6, and he was placed on injured reserve in week 8.
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