Ravens LB Ray Lewis Named To Pro Football Hall Of Fame

Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it was announced Saturday night in Minneapolis, Minn. Lewis, who played his entire 17-year career in Baltimore, becomes the second homegrown Raven (T Jonathan Ogden, 2013) to earn Hall of Fame honors.

A 13-time Pro Bowler, seven-time first-team All-Pro and two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2000 & 2003), Lewis is the Ravens’ second-ever draft choice (26th overall in 1996, following Ogden, who was tabbed No. 4). During his incredible career, Lewis helped guide Baltimore to two Super Bowl titles (2000 & 2012), earning MVP honors in the 2000 season’s game.

Prior to being named to the NFL All-Decade Team (2000s), Lewis led a defense during the Ravens’ title-winning 2000 campaign that established a 16-game single-season record for fewest points (165) and fewest rushing yards allowed (970), recorded four shutouts (one shy of the post-1970 merger record), and finished first league-wide in six key defensive categories.

The only player in NFL history to produce at least 40 career sacks and 30 career interceptions (41.5 sacks & 31 INTs), Lewis also tallied a Ravens’ franchise-record 2,643 career tackles, including a single-season best 225 stops in 2003.