Ray Lewis

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Ray Lewis

After starring in several sports in high school, Lewis enrolled at the University of Miami, where he became a middle linebacker and was named to the Freshman All-America team. In his junior year—his last at the university—Lewis finished the season with a team-high 160 tackles and earned All-America honours. He was selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the 26th overall selection of the 1996 NFL draft. In 1997 he led the league in tackles and played in his first Pro Bowl.

Raymond Anthony Lewis, Jr. is a former American football linebacker who played his entire 17-year career for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. Ray Lewis is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Super Bowl MVP and played his entire 17-year career with the Baltimore Ravens.

At Kathleen, Lewis was a standout wrestler and football player, who overcame his smaller size at the linebacker position with a fierce intensity and unmatched instincts. During his four years at the school he led his squads to a bevy of state and city titles in football and wrestling. In 1992, Lewis, armed with a full scholarship, enrolled at the University of Miami, at the time home to one of the country's best football programs. He quickly became a vital piece in a vaunted Hurricanes' defense. Overall, he ranks fifth all time in school history in tackles, and at the end of his junior year was runner-up for the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker.

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During the off-season in 2000, Lewis encountered legal difficulties. On January 31 he and several friends attended a post-Super Bowl party at a nightclub in Atlanta, and, as the party was breaking up, a fight erupted outside the club. When it was over, two men had been stabbed to death, and Lewis and two companions were eventually charged with the murders. During a four-week trial in the spring of 2000, the charge against Lewis was dropped (he pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice in exchange for testifying against his codefendants), but his reputation was nevertheless tarnished, and many wondered if his play would be adversely affected.


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