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Wikipedia Summary for Ray Lewis

Raymond Anthony Lewis Jr. (born May 15, 1975) is an American former professional football player who was a linebacker with the Baltimore Ravens for his entire 17-year career in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Miami Hurricanes, and earned All-America honors. Lewis was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft, and upon his retirement following the 2012 season, was the last remaining active player from the team's inaugural season. Lewis immediately became a leader on defense and led the team in tackles as a rookie, the first of 14 times he led the Ravens in tackles.

Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in connection with the stabbing deaths of two men in 2000. The following season, he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year and led the Ravens' record-setting defense, which established a 16-game single-season record for the fewest points allowed (165) and the fewest rushing yards allowed (970), to victory in Super Bowl XXXV. Lewis also became the second linebacker to win the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award, and the first to win the award on the winning Super Bowl team. Lewis won his second Defensive Player of the Year award in 2003, becoming the sixth player to win the award multiple times. After a triceps tear that sidelined him for most of the 2012 regular season, Lewis returned for the Ravens' playoff run and earned his second Super Bowl victory in his final NFL game. On February 3, 2018, the fifth anniversary of his final game, Lewis was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

During his tenure with the Ravens, he accumulated 2,059 career combined tackles, including 1,568 solo tackles, both of which are NFL records. Due to his numerous accolades and prodigious football play, Lewis is widely considered to be the greatest middle linebacker in NFL history. He was a 13-time Pro Bowler, a 10-time All-Pro, and one of the few players in NFL history to play in a Pro Bowl in three decades (1990s, 2000s, and 2010s). He is also considered to be the greatest Baltimore Raven of all time, as well as one of the greatest defensive players of all time.

If you clean your body out so that it is not fighting against you, you rest better, think better and you're always light on your feet.

--Ray Lewis

And I love Evander Holyfield to death!

--Ray Lewis

I don't know a man on this Earth who can outwork me.

--Ray Lewis

The only thing that follows work is results.

--Ray Lewis

Do whatever you gotta do to chase your legacy every second of your life.

--Ray Lewis

When I step on the field, it's on. I know it's time to go to work.

--Ray Lewis

I don't believe a thing about a curse. I don't understand how we can talk about a curse. You have to remember, God is blessed and man can't curse, no matter how hard they try.

--Ray Lewis

So, if I give any credit, besides giving all credit to God, for being totally healthy, it's just my workout and how much torture I put my body through in the offseason.

--Ray Lewis

I don't care where we're going; I'm gonna wear a suit all day, every day.

--Ray Lewis

When you try to help people become a better person, you're going to have to find out what's really going in their world.

--Ray Lewis

I've got Pacman, Galaga, Galaxian, Daytona 500. Those are the games I grew up playing.

--Ray Lewis

To come into camp and have my defensive coordinator say you won't be touched, I feel like a kid all over again.

--Ray Lewis

The person you are in the dark will eventually be the person you are in the light.

--Ray Lewis

I figured something out.  And it is no secret what I figured out.  Whatever the majority of people were doing, I found myself doing the opposite.  I wanted to chase something great.

--Ray Lewis

Don't waste talent.  No matter what you do, don't waste talent.

--Ray Lewis

Daddy wasn't there for me, so I had to grind every day.

--Ray Lewis

What makes you grind?  You have to always be chasing something.

--Ray Lewis

You gotta be hungry for it.  You've got to put everything you got on it.  EVERYTHING!  Every second.  You have to be the first one in line.  That's how leaders are born.

--Ray Lewis

You don't care if I'm guilty or not. You gonna make sure I go to jail for life.

--Ray Lewis

A leader puts himself last then he sticks out.

--Ray Lewis

With the mindset that I give everything I've got for the man that's next to me, not me, cause I know what I got while I'm by myself, but when I step on the field, when I step on the turf, what am I willing to sacrifice?

--Ray Lewis

I have so much respect for people that are my elders. You aren't going to hear me cursing around people that are 60 and 70 years old.

--Ray Lewis

In an era that's run on free agency, everybody's going where the dollars are. They go after the dollars and they forget that the game will always come down to brotherhood.

--Ray Lewis

I've been a fan of video games since the old school, I even have a lot of the old school arcade games at my house.

--Ray Lewis

Let your name be worth more than your bank account.

--Ray Lewis

What's the difference between you and the man sitting beside you? It's one percent. In my business, only one percent makes it. If everyone had the same dream, only 1 will make it from this crowd. Who will be that one?

--Ray Lewis

Watching the season for me is about watching the chess matches.

--Ray Lewis

Some of these kids are spending more time with the coaches than they are with their parents. The coach is supposed to be raising these kids, not belittling them and talking to them like the world is coming to an end.

--Ray Lewis

There's some things you can cover up. And there's some things you can't.

--Ray Lewis

You take five fingers. Individually, I can pin any one of them, but if I pin them together (makes a fist), it's damn near impossible to turn this around.

--Ray Lewis

You don't have to win it, just don't lose it.

--Ray Lewis

The hardest thing to do is work hard when no one is watching.

--Ray Lewis

We're in a tough place in this world. There are a lot of kids giving up very early. Scripture says it takes a village to raise one child, and that's what these coaches are going to have to go back and understand.

--Ray Lewis

Greatness is a lot of small things done well. Day after day, workout after workout, obedience after obedience, day after day.

--Ray Lewis

I already believe I am the best linebacker in the game. Now, I have to show one more thing ? that I am the most dominating, influential person in the game and the best football player to ever put on a pair of cleats.

--Ray Lewis

It's poetry to watch the game when the game is left alone, when there's not a bunch of flags on the ground.

--Ray Lewis

I love passion. I love for a coach to be passionate.

--Ray Lewis

God has never made a mistake. Ever.

--Ray Lewis

When something goes wrong, smile, cause there's always a next play.

--Ray Lewis

Parents needs to spend more time with who they're trusting their kids with. That's one of the nuggets going forward. Find out who these coaches are. Figure out their environment and what kind of problems they have, and see if you want your child involved with that.

--Ray Lewis

When you think about Peyton Manning, you think about numbers. When you think about Tom Brady, you think about championships.

--Ray Lewis

Effort is between you, and you, and nobody elseI'm pissed off for greatness. Cause if you ain't pissed off for greatness, that just means you're okay with being mediocre, and ain't no man in here okay with just basic.

--Ray Lewis

Somebody has to give a wakeup call to our coaching world to ask them real questions and show them that if you have kids, then you know there is no way you can talk to somebody else like that, because that's somebody's child.

--Ray Lewis

I've always said to the refs to not be the ones to decide the game. Let the players dictate the outcome.

--Ray Lewis

I don't want to be liked. I want to be respected. Because if you like me you can throw me away too quick. If you respect me, you may not even like what I was wearing, but you'll say, I respect that.

--Ray Lewis

The refs are so confused themselves because there's so many rules. It's like, 'Oh my gosh I've never seen this many rules in my life.' And everybody's trying to govern this and justify that.

--Ray Lewis

When you see tears in my eyes, you see it's not about the wins or the losses, It's about the opportunity.

--Ray Lewis

Greatness is a lot of small things done well, stacked up on each other.

--Ray Lewis

Nobody's as serious about health and fitness as me, and staying fit is my top priority.

--Ray Lewis

Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort? Nobody can judge effort. Effort is between you and you. Effort ain't got nothing to do with nobody else.

--Ray Lewis

I like college football a lot, because it's the dream that you're chasing. The dream of one day possibly making it, with the harsh reality that only one percent make it.

--Ray Lewis

The locker room talk is always that about who can beat who.

--Ray Lewis

Don't let your alarm clock, be the only reason you wake up.

--Ray Lewis

We get one opportunity in life, one chance at life to do whatever you're going to do, and lay your foundation and make whatever mark you're going to make. Whatever legacy you're going to leave; leave your legacy!

--Ray Lewis

Bottom line, your body is a temple, and you have to treat it that way. That's how God designed it.

--Ray Lewis

Will you be remembered, how would you be remembered, why wouldn't you fight for the greatest achievement ever?

--Ray Lewis

There's one secret to hitting hard, and that is to completely dedicate your body. That's the difference between a man going forward and a man going backward, no matter how big he is.

--Ray Lewis

Adversity defines true character.

--Ray Lewis

Parents may be always working, parents may be in and out. When you're dropping them off with coaches, the first thing kids should be coming back and saying is, 'Mom, guess what I learned today? Guess what coach taught me today?'

--Ray Lewis

Effort is between you and you.

--Ray Lewis

Before anything great is really achieved, your comfort zone must be disturbed.

--Ray Lewis

I don't train for sports. I've never trained for sports. I train for life, and sport is just a part of that. So when I start training, that's lifestyle training and that's why I go through so many things, whether it's yoga, kickboxing, wrestling or swimming.

--Ray Lewis

I love watching the Serengeti, the way lions live. The only way the king lion loses his crown is by somebody physically defeating him.

--Ray Lewis

You can talk about what you see from the outside; it's hard to tell me who I am when you're just looking at me with a football uniform on. That's a totally different person. That's my job, that's it.

--Ray Lewis

I like to see honesty out of people. People who are trustworthy. I like to see people who are involved with The Lord.

--Ray Lewis

If there's something in your life that you know needs changing, make sure you change it before God's got to change it. Because if God's got to change it, you ain't going to like it.

--Ray Lewis

Let me explain my job very simply: My job is to line up five, seven, 10 yards in front of a man and run into him at full speed.

--Ray Lewis

You have to find that place that is very quiet in your head, and anytime I read it, anytime I come across it, my Bible, the first Scripture in there is Psalms 91.

--Ray Lewis

Every day, we've got to do something physical. It's mind, body and spirit.

--Ray Lewis

Don't walk through life just playing football. Don't walk through life just being an athlete. Athletics will fade. Character and integrity and really making an impact on someone's life, that's the ultimate vision, that's the ultimate goal -- bottom line.

--Ray Lewis

With all the things I've been through, the No. 1 thing that I've learned is that we're supposed to help people through this world.

--Ray Lewis

You have to be honest about who you are.

--Ray Lewis

I'm a prideful person when it comes to competition.

--Ray Lewis

No matter the circumstances that you may be going through, just push through it.

--Ray Lewis

Man doesn't dictate what you do or how you do it. If you believe in God, believe in God; have your faith in him. That's where my faith lies.

--Ray Lewis

One thing about God's will, you can never see God's will before it happens. You can only see at the end of it.

--Ray Lewis

I don't train for football; I train more for a lifestyle.

--Ray Lewis

There's nothing I'm doing to my body that a regular person is not doing to theirs outside of just running into somebody at full speed.

--Ray Lewis

Life is about being a versatile athlete and training in all realms of life.

--Ray Lewis

You have to be careful of people who like to talk a big game but can't back it up.

--Ray Lewis

And that's my honour, that's what my goal is, to always keep my mum's name ringing, because I know what sacrifices she went through for me.

--Ray Lewis

My mom calls me an older soul because, growing up, she taught me stuff real early. Now I spend most of my time chasing wisdom, chasing understanding.

--Ray Lewis

Whatever your path is, that's your path.

--Ray Lewis

I honor God that much in the way I play. That's why I never believe in getting tired. I don't even know what that word means.

--Ray Lewis

Because a football game is just sixty minutes, but I'm training six, seven hours in every day. So, going for sixty minutes becomes easy. More importantly, I think that your muscles mature and can move in all different directions.

--Ray Lewis

Some people take certain things and they try to forget what that pain felt like. I don't. I take that same pain and I chase it every time I walk in a weight room.

--Ray Lewis

You got to be willing to walk in a storm. That's what I tell people all the time.

--Ray Lewis

Even Rod Woodson will tell you his best year he had as a professional was when he was 36 years old. If you think about why, you're much wiser.

--Ray Lewis

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