An Evening with Super Bowl MVP Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis is widely considered to be one of the most dominant defensive players in the history of the NFL. Lewis led the Baltimore Ravens to victory in Super Bowl XXXV (where he was named Super Bowl MVP) and again in Super Bowl XLVII, in what would be the final game of his career. Lewis is only the second player in NFL history to win both the NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl MVP awards in the same year (2000). Ray Lewis is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.

The Raven’s all-time career leader in tackles and fumble recoveries, Lewis is also the only player in NFL history with at least 40 career sacks and over 30 interceptions. Lewis’s thirteen Pro Bowl selections are tied for the fifth-most in the NFL by any player, and are the most by a linebacker. He was named AP All-Pro ten times and NFL Defensive Player of the Year twice (2000 and 2003). Lewis played in 228 games including 11 playoff games. Lewis’s historic comeback to play in 2012, following a torn triceps injury, secured him the recorder of the most tackles by one defender in any NFL postseason (51).

Lewis is also one of only six players to earn the AP Defensive Player of the Year Award multiple times (2000 and 2003). Named to the 2000s All Decade Team, Lewis was the second draft pick in Ravens history- the No. 26 pick overall in the 1996 NFL Draft.

Ray spent his high school career playing for Kathleen High School in Florida. At Kathleen, Lewis was a standout wrestler and football player. During his four years at the school he led his squads to a bevy of city and state titles in football and wrestling. Lewis later went on to play for the University of Miami Hurricanes. At the end of his junior year Lewis was named runner-up for the Butkus Award as the nation’s best linebacker.

Ray was the featured athlete on the cover of EA Sports’ Madden NFL 2005 and was profiled in the documentary series A Football Life. He has appeared on television in spots for Under Armour, Old Spice, Visa and more. He joined ESPN as an NFL studio analyst in 2013 and regularly appeared on Monday Night Countdown, Sunday Night Countdown and SportsCente in addition to Super Bowl coverage. He is a New York Times best-selling author for his breakout memoir I Feel Like Going On. He devotes his time to being a father, speaker, business man and community activist.