Baltimore Legend Ray Lewis was elected to the 2018 Hall of Fame, as it was announced shortly before Super Bowl 52. The 13-time Pro Bowler, seven-time first team All Pro, and two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year was elected on his first try into football’s elite club. Although a tremendous feat, it was a long time coming.
The second ever draft choice for the Baltimore Ravens led them to two Super Bowl Victories (2000 & 2012), and was the MVP of the Super Bowl in 2000. Many knew he was destined for greatness when it was announced in 2010 that he had been elected to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 2000’s
His stats during this time speak for themselves.
- Led a defense that established a 16-game single-season record for fewest points allowed
- Led a defense that allowed the fewest rushing yards
- Led a defense that recorded four shutouts
- Led a defense that finished first in six defensive categories.
Here is what Ravens Head Coach, John Harbaugh had to say about the honor.
“Ray represented Ravens Football perfectly. He established what it means to Play Like a Raven, which has become a standard we believe in and our fans understand. It was an honor to coach Ray on the field and to maintain our friendship off it. I’m wishing Ray and his family many blessings during his Hall of Fame Journey, as I know he walks in faith and will always remember that we walk together as Super Bowl Champions.”
Steve Biscotti, owner of the Baltimore Ravens had this to say.
“Obviously, there is nobody more deserving. He made people around him better, which is the greatest compliment that you can give anybody in football, and he clearly was that guy.”
So all we can say is that for the only player in NFL history to produce 40 career sacks, and 30 career interceptions it is an honor well deserved. Congratulations Ray Lewis, Super Bowl winner, and Hall of Fame Linebacker. It has a nice ring to it!