NFLuk hosted a Q&A session at the Landmark Hotel in London and I was lucky enough to be in attendance and meet two of my favourite NFL players and a New England Patriot (I’m a Jets fan I couldn’t resist).
Ray Lewis is Undoubtably one of the biggest characters ever to have played in the NFL and is no doubt a future hall of famer.
Ray attended “The U” (University of Miami).
As a freshman, he was an immediate contributor and became a starter for the Hurricanes’ final five games. He compiled 81 tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss, and four pass deflections en route to being named to the freshman All-American team.
In his sophomore season, Lewis earned first-team All-American and All-Big East honors. Lewis led the Big East with 153 tackles and also contributed nine tackles for a loss, two sacks, and an interception for a Hurricanes team that had the nation’s top-ranked defense and finished No. 6 in both the writers’ and coaches’ polls.
His junior season was even more successful, as he was again named to the All-American and All-Big East teams, and finished as runner-up for the Butkus award, which is an award given to the top linebacker in college football. Lewis finished his junior season with 160 tackles, the second highest in University of Miami team history after Ed Weisacosky’s 164 in 1965. Lewis also totaled eight tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, a forced fumble, four pass deflections and one touchdown. Against West Virginia University, Lewis contributed 15 tackles.
Lewis led the Big East in tackles his last two seasons and accumulated the fifth most in Miami history despite playing only three seasons.
After the 1995 season, Lewis decided to forgo his final year of college eligibility and enter the NFL draft. The Baltimore Ravens, who were entering their inaugural season, selected Lewis 26th overall in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft. Lewis would become the Ravens second ever draft pick behind offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden who was selected #4 overall. Lewis eventually earned his undergraduate degree in Arts and Science in 2004 at the University of Maryland University College.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcSBw76_tpk
Obviously his career did have some controversy but his on field performances will forever make him a NFL legend.