Ray Lewis is an American NFL linebacker in the final season of his career with the Baltimore Ravens. He is considered one of the best linebackers in the history of the NFL. After facing murder charges early in his career and being acquitted he has gone on to have a decorated career, as a football player and motivational speaker.
“Football is different than other sports. It’s a lifestyle game. But dude, that guy? It was everything. It was like, ‘There’s nothing else on this planet except this arena.’ It’s almost like Ray was born inside ‘Gladiator.’ And I know he loved that movie.” ~ Former Ravens T Tony Pashos
But studio analysis and dancing may only be part of Lewis’ post-football career mix. Lewis is well-known for his pregame pump-up speeches to his teammates (a skill which has already been exploited by advertisers. See this ad for EA Sports’ game, Madden 13.). Schwab expects him to write some sort of motivational memoir in the coming years, then possibly parlay that into the lucrative speech-making circuit, where the top speakers are paid between $20,000-$75,000 per gig.
But don’t expect to see any less of Lewis, post-retirement. In fact, we may be seeing more of him. Sports Illustrated has already reported that Lewis is set to join ESPN as a football analyst
Lewis, who went on to become a 13-time Pro Bowler, seven-time first-team all pro and two-time NFL defensive player of the year since being drafted in the first round by the Ravens in 1996, is the lone remaining player from Baltimore's 2000 Super Bowl winning team, a game in which he won the MVP award.
A judge Monday approved a deal allowing Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis to avoid murder charges and jail time by pleading guilty to a misdemeanor and testifying against two co-defendants.
Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and Superior Court Judge Alice D. Bonner sentenced Lewis to 12 months' probation, the maximum sentence for a first-time offender. Under the terms of the sentence, Lewis can not use drugs or alcohol during the duration of the probation.
Police in Atlanta Monday night arrested Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens in connection with the slaying of two people outside an Atlanta nightclub about six hours after St. Louis stopped Tennessee a yard from the goal line to win the Super Bowl, 23-16.
“The biggest thing that goes unsaid about Ray is how much he invests in the relationships with his teammates. You see the antics. You see the enthusiasm, the passion on the field, but off the field he’s the first guy to go sit at a locker with someone that’s struggling with something, whether it’s football related or not football related. He has that personal touch. You trust everything about him and he makes everybody better.” ~ Ravens Super Bowl Winning QB Trent Dilfer
When he entered Lakeland's Kathleen High School, he took the name of the man his mother was dating at the time, and became Ray Lewis. When Lewis was a junior, his mother remarried and moved away from Lakeland. He decided to remain at Kathleen High School, and moved in with his grandparents, who lived nearby.
A native of Bartow, Fla., Lewis attended Lakeland Kathleen High School and was a late addition to the Miami Hurricanes' recruiting class of 1993, not signing until well after national signing day had come and gone.
It was a wise move to hold that scholarship open, because Lewis became one of the best defensive players ever to wear a Miami uniform. He spent three seasons (1993-95) with the Hurricanes and provided an immediate impact.
Ray Lewis was born to Ray Jackson and Buffy Jenkins in Lakeland, Florida. When Ray was a child, his father abandoned the family and Ray grew up in a single-parent home.
Ray Anthony Lewis, an American football linebacker, was born on May 15, 1975 in Bartow Florida.