Meet Ray Lewis, an American football player who plays for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). See photos, video and a biography of Ray here.
Ray, who is a middle linebacker, is in the news as the NFL Eastern Conference match between New York Giants and Ravens gets underway on Sunday. His match-up with Giants RB Brandon Jacobs will be a big attraction. Ray will also be facing Eli Manning who is now a great team leader and the reigning Super Bowl MVP.
“I think he has made some great improvements in just being safer with the ball and things like that,” Lewis said. “When you watch him play now, when people are getting to him, he’s making some plays, getting out of the pocket and making some big throws.”
As a biography, Ray Lewis was born on May 15, 1975 in Bartow, Florida so his age is 33. He was the team MVP both in his junior and senior years while playing for his high school. He was also the 1993 state 4A wrestling champion. Lewis became a starter while playing for University of Miami and was named to to the freshman All-American team. He was selected by Ravens in the 1996 NFL Draft as the 26th overall pick.
Ray has been applauded as the best linebackers in the history of NFL. He was named the third best linebacker of all time on the show The Sports List. As a complete defender, he is a force to reckon with when you’re playing against Ravens. Lewis was selected as the most dominant player in NFL by the coaches before the 2003 season. He was referenced by The Rock in the movie The Rundown. He also appeared on TV for NFL Network, Reebok and Under Armour.
Lewis started a charitable organization Ray Lewis 52 Foundation (raylewis52.com) to support under-privileged youth. He was awarded the prestigious JB award for his work. In the popular media, he was on the cover of Madden NFL 2005 video game.
The tough guy was involved in a murder case in 2000 but was released after pleading guilty for a charge of obstruction of justice and paying $2,50,000 as the fine. His image has been re-constructed since then because of his performance. He was named the Super Bowl XXXV MVP and was awarded NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2003.
More photos and a video of Ray Lewis are below.
Ray Lewis Video