Ray Lewis through the years
Ray Lewis raised the Lombardi Trophy for the second time in his career as the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII in Lewis' last game. Take a look back at the linebacker's storied NFL career.
Ray Lewis shined at the University of Miami, where he played from 1993-1995. He helped the Hurricanes to a 27-8 record and appearances in the 1993 Fiesta Bowl and the 1994 Orange Bowl.
On Jan. 31, 2000, Lewis was one of three individuals charged with the murder of 24-year-old Richard Lollar and 21-year-old Jacinth Baker at an Atlanta nightclub. Four months later, the charges were dropped against Lewis and a plea deal was struck. He pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor obstruction of justice, and the other two acquaintances were later acquitted.
Lewis was named the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 after recording 107 tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles.
Lewis led a stifling Ravens defense to a 34-7 win over the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Lewis had three tackles, two assists and four pass deflections and was named Super Bowl MVP.
Lewis won his second AP Defensive Player of the Year award in 2003. He had 121 tackles, six interceptions, 1 1/2 sacks and two forced fumbles.
On Oct. 14, 2012, Lewis suffered a complete tear of his right triceps in a game against the Dallas Cowboys and was forced to undergo surgery. He recovered and returned to the field in time for the playoffs, playing with large brace on his injured right arm.
After returning from the torn triceps, Lewis announced that he would retire after the playoffs. Fans filled M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore for Lewis’ final home game, a 24-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC wild card round on Jan. 6, 2013.
Sports Illustrated reported on Jan. 29 that Ray Lewis was given deer-antler velvet extract pills and spray by a company called Sports With Alternatives to Steroids (SWATS). The pills and spray contain a substance called IGF-1 that is banned under the NFL's steroids policy. Lewis later refuted the report.
Lewis earned his second Super Bowl ring in the final game of his career when the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, in Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3. Lewis had seven tackles in the game.