Best of Ray Lewis’s NFL career
Following are few of those brightest moments in Ray Lewis’ career, starting off with his rookie season:
1. Remarkable pro debut (Sept. 1, 1996): During his first game in NFL, when the Baltimore Ravens faced the Oakland Raiders in the preseason, Ray Lewis amassed seven tackles and intercepted a pass by Billy Hobert in the end zone. By the end of the game, the Oakland Raiders lost 19-14 at home to the Baltimore Ravens.
2. Hell of a chase (Sept.28, 1997): Although the San Diego Chargers claimed a 21-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, the second-year pro Ray Lewis stole the spotlight when he ran after and took down Chargers wide receiver Erick Metcalf, while taking a start from 15-yards behind.
3. ‘Folded up like a baby’ (Nov. 12, 2000): In a monumental 24-23 win over the Tennessee Titans for the eventual Super Bowl champions that season Baltimore Ravens, Ray Lewis delivered a vicious blow to Tennessee running back Eddie George. Afterwards, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister said that the hit was so hard that Eddie George "folded up like a baby."
4. Pick-six in Tennessee (Jan.7 2001): A key play by Ray Lewis decided the playoffs game for the Baltimore Ravens when Lewis picked a pass from Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair to Eddie George and returned it 50-yards for a score.
5. Super Bowl MVP worthy performance (Jan. 28, 2001): Ray Lewis was declared the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXV in a 34-7 or the Baltimore Ravens, after he registered 11 tackles and tipped a pass from New York Giants’ Kerry Collins, so that it was picked by Ravens linebacker Jamie Sharper.
6. Springing McAlister (Sept. 30, 2002): while Baltimore Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister returned a missed field-goal attempt 108 yards for a touchdown, Ray Lewis cleared the path delivering a crushing blow on Denver Broncos’ Keith Burns in the process.
7. Welcome to the Pros (Sept. 29, 2008): In a 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ray Lewis ended the season of Steelers rookie running back Rashard Mendenhall, with a hit resulting in a shoulder fracture on his fourth NFL game.
8. Shutting-down Sproles (Sept. 20, 2009): Ray Lewis stopped a late rally by the San Diego Chargers in a 31-26 win for the Baltimore Ravens, by tearing through the offensive line the on fourth-and-2 to deliver a hard tackle on Chargers running back Darren Sproles for a 5-yard loss.
9. Bringing down Brady (Jan. 10, 2010): The Baltimore Ravens took a hands on approach to the New England Patriots in an early 33-14 playoffs win. Ray Lewis blitzed Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for a big sack that set the paced of the game for the Ravens.
10. Leaving Dustin Keller out cold(Sept. 13, 2010): Ray Lewis made a decisive play in the 10-9 win over the New York Jets by ramming Dutin Keller with a clean hard hit as the Jets tight end attempted to complete a pass over the middle.