Ray Lewis after winning Super Bowl XLVII (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)
Ray Lewis, one of the NFL’s greatest linebackers of all time, will return to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday to be inducted into the Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor.
The award is given to former Ravens players that, according to the Ravens organization, display character, gratitude, a vision, faith, courage, competitive spirit, and humility during their tenure with the team.
Lewis will join former teammates Jamal Lewis, Matt Stover, Jonathan Ogden, Peter Boulware, Michael McCrary, and Ernest Byner in the Ring of Honor, as well as former owner Art Modell.
The linebacker spent 17 seasons with the Ravens organization and quickly became the face of the franchise. Lewis’ record book contains many outstanding accomplishments, including two Super Bowl wins, one Super Bowl MVP award, 13 Pro Bowls, three AFC Defensive Player of the Year awards, and an appearance on the 2000’s NFL All-Decade Team.
Although Lewis is not out on the field every week, he has not strayed far from the game. Since his retirement, Lewis signed on as an analyst for ESPN. In addition, he still keeps in touch with Ravens players and coaches.
“That’s one thing that I think is kind of different in the Ravens organization,” Lewis said during a national conference call prior to his induction into the Ravens Ring of Honor. “We’ve always had a brotherhood type of essence in there. When the game is done, you’re still like brothers.”
Fellow Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs spent ten seasons alongside Lewis and the two became close friends. Head coach John Harbaugh has also said that he has maintained a strong relationship with Lewis since his retirement.
With his playing career in the rearview mirror, Lewis has been focusing on spending as much time as possible with his family.
The induction is scheduled for halftime of the Ravens game on Sunday against the Houston Texans.
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