Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/31/12

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 4: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore takes breather before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
1. Ray Lewis (1996-present) This was by far the easiest selection of the list. Lewis was drafted by the Ravens in the first ever Ravens draft of 1996, and is the last remaining player from the Ravens inaugural team. Surprisingly, Lewis was the fifth linebacker selected in the draft at pick number 26. Lewis  is a 13-time Pro Bowler, 10-time All-Pro, two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, three-time AFC Defensive Player of the Year, member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team, and a Super Bowl champion and MVP (XXXV). His 13 Pro Bowl appearances are an all-time NFL record for an inside linebacker. Lewis is the only player of the last three decades to record over 40 sacks and 30 interceptions in his career.   There is no question that Lewis is one of the best linebackers of all time. Even if not the best of all time, many would argue that Lewis is the best middle linebacker of his generation. His contributions to the Ravens cannot be understated, and no player has been more synonymous ...
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