Playoff Player Profile

#52 Ray Lewis - Out of respect for a great player, I thought I would highlight Ray Lewis as the player profile with week. Ray will bring his band of high talent defensive players to Gillette to face the Patriots in what should be a great game.

Ray Lewis was born May 15, 1975 in Bartow, Florida. Drafted by the Ravens in 1996, he has played his entire career for the team, and is the last player remaining from the Ravens' inaugural season. He has been selected to thirteen Pro Bowl and been named an Associated Press All-Pro ten times. He won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 & 2003; he was the sixth player to win the award multiple times. He was also the second linebacker to win the Super Bowl MVP and the first linebacker to win the award on the winning Super Bowl Team. Widely considered to be one of the best linebackers of all time, he played his college footbal at the University of Miami.   

Throughout his career Lewis built a reputation as a leader and intimidating force at middle linebacker. He has led his team in tackles in twelve of his fourteen seasons. The Ravens did not allow a single 100-yard rusher in 51 consecutive games from the 1998 through 2001 seasons. In addition to his run defense, Lewis has also gained a reputation as a complete defender. Since the murder allegations Lewis's image has slowly recovered, and today he is considered one of the most dominant linebackers in the history of the NFL. Sure to be a first ballot Hall of Famer once he retires.

Not just a football player, Ray Lewis has been heavily involved in charitable activities throughout his professional career. Lewis started the Ray Lewis 52 Foundation which is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide personal and economic assistance to disadvantaged youth. The foundation has funded such events as adopting ten families in Baltimore City community for the holidays, an annual celebrity auction and bowling tournament, the Great Maryland Duck Derby, Thanksgiving food drives on North Avenue in Baltimore and Ray's Summer Days. All proceeds have helped fund the Ray Lewis Foundation.