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Born: May 15, 1975 Bartow, Florida, USA.
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m).
Weight: 251 lb (114 kg).

Ray Lewis biography (bio):
Ray Anthony "Ray" Lewis is an American football linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). Lewis has appeared in eight Pro Bowls and been named an All-Pro seven times. Lewis is regarded as one of the best defenders in the NFL. He won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2003; he was the sixth player to win the award multiple times. He was also the first linebacker to win the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award since 1971 and the first to win the award on the winning Super Bowl team.

Early life:
Ray Lewis was born to Ray Jackson and Sunseria "Buffy" Jenkins in Lakeland, Florida. He also played his peewee league football in a little town south of lakeland called Mulberry ,Fl. Coached by E.J. Williams. At Kathleen High School Lewis was the team MVP in both his junior and senior seasons while playing linebacker, running back and kick returner. At Kathleen High, Lewis Recorded 207 tackles with ten sacks, three blocked field goals, five fumble recoveries and eight interceptions (three for "touch"downs). He also returned four punts and two kickoffs for Touchdowns. He also saw success as a running back, and rushed for 591 yards and scored eight touchdowns. In addition, Lewis was 1993 State 4A Wrestling Champ in the 189 lb. weight class.

College career:
As a freshman the University of Miami, one of the nation's premier college football programs, Lewis was an immediate contributor and became a starter for the Hurricanes' final 5 games. Lewis teamed up with Warren Sapp and Dwayne The Rock Johnson as he compiled 81 tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss, and four pass deflections in route to being named to the Freshman All-American team.
In his sophomore season, Lewis earned 1st team All-American and All-Big East Conference honors. Lewis led the Big East with 152 tackles and also contributing nine tackles for loss, two sacks, and an interception for a Hurricanes team that would finish #6 in both the writers' and coaches' polls.
Lewis' junior campaign was another successful one as he was once again named to the All-American and All-Big East teams. He was also the runner up for the Butkus Award. Lewis finished his junior season with 160 tackles, the 2nd highest in University of Miami team history behind only 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 fifteen tackles.
Lewis finished his college career with 393 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, three interceptions, six sacks, and a touchdown. He lead the Big East in tackles his final two seasons and accumulated the 5th 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. In the 1996 NFL Draft, he was selected in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens with the 26th overall pick. Lewis would eventually earn his undergraduate degree in 2004 at the University of Maryland University College.

Professional career:
As of the start of the 2007 season, Lewis has career totals of 1,838 tackles, 1259 solo tackles, nine forced fumbles, 80 passes defended, 80.5 tackles for loss, 28 sacks, 12 fumble recoveries, and 23 interceptions in 148 games[12]. Lewis has been selected to eight NFL Pro Bowl games in his eleven seasons and led the NFL in tackles five times (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2004). In 2003, Lewis led all linebackers with six interceptions, a total matching the all time record for a middle linebacker in a single season. [citation needed] Lewis was named 1st team AP All-Pro in the years 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004 and 2nd team All-Pro in 1997 and 1998.

Season-by-season:
The fifth linebacker selected in the 1996 NFL Draft, Lewis earned USA Today's All-Rookie team honors after leading the Ravens in tackles (142) in the 1996 season. His 15 tackles for loss led the NFL.[citation needed] Lewis recorded an NFL best 210 tackles in 1997, earning his first Pro Bowl berth at the end of that season.
In 1998, Lewis made his second trip to the Pro Bowl after recording 154 tackles, leading the Ravens in tackles for the third consecutive season. He was also named to The Sporting News All-Pro Team. In what would prove to be Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders' final game, Lewis and the rest of the Ravens defense held him to just 41 rushing yards.
In 1999, Lewis led the NFL in tackles with 198. He was named to a third straight Pro Bowl and was named to the All-Pro 1st team.
In 2000, Lewis led a defense which set a 16-game single season record for fewest points allowed (165) and fewest rushing yards allowed (970). The team recorded four shutouts, one shy of the single season record. The unit finished 1st league-wide in six key defensive categories. Lewis won Super Bowl XXXV MVP honors, Defensive Player of the Year honors, earned a unanimous All-Pro selection, and was once again named to start in the Pro Bowl. Lewis' regular season total of 187 tackles once again led the Ravens, and Lewis added 44 tackles, two interceptions, nine pass deflections, one fumble recovery and a touchdown in the four game playoff run.
In 2001, Lewis earned his 5th consecutive Pro Bowl selection when he led the NFL in tackles (196) and earned 1st-team All-Pro honors. Lewis scored a touchdown in the 2002 Pro Bowl.
In 2002, Lewis was limited to five games due to a shoulder injury. He still managed to rank 5th on the team with 85 tackles. In addition, Lewis earned two interceptions, two pass deflections, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Lewis earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in Week 3 vs. the Denver Broncos after posting 20 tackles (12 solo), two pass deflections and an interception on "Monday Night Football". After having been selected to the Pro Bowl for five consecutive seasons (1997-2001), Lewis's streak was stopped by his season ending injury.
Lewis was the leading vote recipient for the 2003 AP All-Pro team, earning 49 of 50 votes. He also won the annual AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year with 43 votes out of 50. Additionally, Lewis earned Pro Football Weekly, PFWA and Football Digest Defensive MVP honors and was named to Dr. Z's Sports Illustrated All-Pro team, Pro Football Weekly's All-NFL team, Pro Football Weekly's All-AFC team, Football Digest's All-Pro 1st-team, and The Sporting News' All-Pro team. Leis also earned the KC 101 AFC Defensive Player of the Year award for the 3rd time and led the NFL with 225 tackles, a total that also established a team record. He was named NFL Defensive Player of the Month for November and AFC Defensive Player of the week for his fifteen-tackle, one-interception performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 17.
In 2004, Lewis was named 1st-team All Pro by the AP, 2nd-team "All Pro" by College and Pro Football Weekly and Football Digest, and "All Pro" by The Sporting News. Once again, heled the NFL with 200 total tackles.
Lewis' 2005 season was cut short by a week 6 injury. He was placed on injury reserve in week 8, having amassed 77 tackles, a sack, an interception, and a fumble recovery in the season's first 6 games.
In 2006, Lewis led the Ravens defense to a NFL best ranking in 14 major defensive categories including Total Yards allowed, PPG Allowed, and interception. The Ravens also finished second in Sacks, Takeaways, and rushing yards allowed. Lewis missed two games due to injurybut still recorded 164 tackles, a personal best five sacks, two interceptions and eight pass deflections in 14 Games. He also forced a fumble and recovered one. The Ravens allowed just one 100 yard rushing performance in the 14 games Lewis played. Lewis was named AFC Defensive Player of the week following his 10 tackle, one sack, and three pass deflection performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1. He was also selected to the Pro Bowl but withdrew because of a hand injury, ceding his spot to fellow Ravens Linebacker Bart Scott.) Lewis finished fifth in Defensive Player of the Year voting.

Controversy:
Despite his accomplishments on the field, Lewis' public image was tarnished following a Super Bowl party on January 31, 2000. Following this party, he was brought into the Atlanta Police Department for questioning, then arrested (along with his friends Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting) and charged with the murders of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar. Baker and Lollar were stabbed to death outside a nightclub during a fight in the Buckhead district of Atlanta. The charges resulted in Lewis being held in custody, preventing him from playing in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii the following Sunday. Lewis then posted bail and was scheduled for a spring trial.
The trial of Lewis and his codefendants started during the following spring. After the prosecution had presented its case, with little or no evidence that Lewis had committed any overt acts against the victims, Lewis's attorney arranged with prosecutors to dismiss the murder charges and let Lewis plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice; he also agreed to testify against Oakley and Sweeting, who were each charged with murder. Lewis accepted this plea bargain, and he was sentenced to one year of unsupervised, unrestricted probation. He was also offered expungment of this record if he successfully completed his probation, and was not suspended by the NFL. He was fined a league record US$250,000.
Oakley and Sweeting were acquitted of the charges in June 2000, represented by noted Atlanta criminal defense attorneys L. David Wolfe, Bruce Harvey, and Steve Sadow. Though all were acquitted in June 2000, the Atlanta Police Department and District Attorney's office believe Lewis's associates to be guilty. No other suspects have ever been arrested for the crime.
Lewis was named Super Bowl XXXV MVP but due to the controversy, he did not get the endorsements or the Disneyland trip afforded to recent MVP recipients.
On April 29, 2004, Lewis reached settlement to four-year-old India Lollar, born months after the death of her father Richard, preempting a scheduled civil proceeding. Lewis also reached an undisclosed settlement with Baker's family.

Reputation:
Throughout his career Lewis has built a reputation as a leader and intimidating force at middle linebacker. He has led his team in tackles in nine of his eleven seasons. His defenses are consistently ranked among the best during his stint. In fact the Ravens did not allow a single 100 yard rusher in 51 consecutive games from the 1998 through 2001 season. In addition to his run defense Lewis has also gained a reputation as a complete defender. He is one of only six recognized linebackers to have recorded twenty interceptions and sacks (20/20 Club) in his career. He became the quickest to achieve this in just 113 games and is the only player who played his entire career at Middle Linebacker to achieve this. 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 National Football League. Lewis was also selected as the third best linebacker of all time on the show The Sports List. A poll of NFL coaches selected Lewis as the most dominant player in the NFL before the 2003 season by being mentioned on ten ballots while no other player was mentioned more than twice. His leadership skills and style of play have inspired many fellow players such as Shawne Merriman.
Lewis's popularity has reached popular media as he has been referenced in various music videos by artists such as Mario in "Just a Friend 2002", Nelly in "Heart of a Champion", and Lil' Flip in "Sunshine". Lewis has also done Television spots for NFL Network and Reebok. Lewis was referenced in the film The Rundown by The Rock. Lewis has appeared in a series of Baltimore/Washington local Eastern Motors commercials as "Inspector 52" with fellow NFL players Clinton Portis and LaVar Arrington.

Personal life:
Lewis has been heavily involved in charitable activities throughout his professional career. Lewis started the Ray Lewis 52 Foundation which is a non-profit tax-exempt corporation whose mission is to provide personal and economic assistance to disadvantaged youth. The foundation has funded such events as adopting 10 families in Baltimore City community for the holidays and answered their Christmas wish lists, Ray's annual celebrity auction and bowling tournament, Great Maryland Duck Derby, Thanksgiving food drives and Ray's Summer Days. All proceeds have helped fund the Ray Lewis Foundation.
In 2005 Lewis spent the off-season learning to speak Portuguese and Amharic to be more effective in his work in Angola and Ethiopia respectively. He then teamed with Paralympic Gold Medalist Cheri Blauwet and with the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF) to support and advise the creation of a new Sports for Life program in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. The pair traveled to the war-torn region in March 2006 to deliver wheelchairs, crutches and orthopedic devices to patients. They also consulted with therapists and social workers about possible beneficial uses for sports and recreation. Lewis returned to the United States and has been involved in pressing political (spoke to congress in June), business and philanthropic leaders for a stronger commitment to disability sport both here and in the developing world. Lewis was also honored with a JB award (named in honor of CBS broadcaster James Brown) during the 2006 offseason and received the "Act of Kindness" Award for his tireless work in the community.
In addition to his efforts in the community Lewis is also an accomplished businessman. He opened the Ray Lewis Full Moon Bar-B-Que located in Baltimore's Canton neighborhood in February 2005. He has also gained several national corporate endorsements, some of which draw upon his tough image. In 2004, Lewis was placed on the cover of the highly popular Madden NFL 2005 video game distributed by EA Sports. Lewis also joined with Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers and entrepreneur Mark Bloomquist to form S&L Racing, which will race both cars and trucks. The team is headquartered in North Carolina, and already races in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
In his free time Lewis enjoys fishing, bowling, and basketball. He is a film buff whose favorite film is Gladiator. Is also an avid fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat and is a fan of the R & B music genre.
Ray Lewis pictures at the 12th Annual ESPY Awards
Ray Lewis pictures at the 12th Annual ESPY Awards
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