Tuesday 6 March 2007

Icon - Ray Lewis - Baltimore Ravens

"Darkness there, and nothing more.."

A first round pick out of the university of Miami, Ray Lewis has been playing professionally in the NfL for eleven seasons. In that time he has established himself and the defence around him in at the Baltimore Ravens as the most feared and respected unit in the league. Lewis' aggression, bravery and commitment to the game have marked him out as one of the all-time greats in the NFL. Supporting his inspiring attitude as a player are the myriad of awards and impressive stats that speak for themselves. Lewis has amassed 1389 solo tackles in his 11 year career (1838 total), has forced eight fumbles, recovered twelve, has 23 interceptions, 28 sacks and has deflected 79 passes in 148 games. His consistantly large numbers and even larger attitude (he has become famous for the dance he sometime puts on during the team introductions) have seen him selected for eight Pro Bowls, he wasn't selected in his rookie season and has missed two seasons through injury. He has been awarded defenive player of the year twice, one the few who have managed such a feat, and has led the entire league in tackles 4 times (97,99,01 and 03). In 2001 he led the Baltimore Ravens to their first superbowl and won game MVP en route, the only linebacker to have won the award since 1971. A true giant of the game, the day the dance comes to an end will be a black day in Baltimore.

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