Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and 12-time Pro Bowler Ray Lewis joined ESPN as a NFL studio analyst in 2013. The two-time Super Bowl champion and future Hall of Famer appears on Monday Night Countdown, Sunday Night Countdown and SportsCenter, in addition to contributing to ESPN’s annual Super Bowl coverage.
Lewis, who ended his legendary NFL career in 2012-13 by helping the Baltimore Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII, will travel to the site of each week’s Monday Night Football game where he will offer analysis alongside Stuart Scott, Hall of Famer Steve Young and his former Ravens teammate Trent Dilfer during the pre-game Countdown and post-game SportsCenter.
The 17-year NFL veteran will contribute to Sunday NFL Countdown throughout the season and make a weekly appearance on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning.
Lewis played his entire career (1996-2012) with the Ravens and was part of both of the franchise’s Super Bowl titles – XXXV (named MVP) and XLVII. His 12 Pro Bowl selections are tied for the fifth-most in NFL history and most by a linebacker. He is also one of only six players to earn the AP Defensive Player of the Year Award multiple times (2000 and 2003). Named to the 2000s All-Decade Team, Lewis played in 228 games during his career, amassing 41.5 sacks and 31 interceptions. The second draft pick in Ravens history – the No. 26 pick overall in the 1996 NFL Draft – Lewis is the all-time franchise leader in many categories, including tackles (2,643), fumble recoveries (31), seasons (17), games played (228) and playoff games (11).
A native of Lakeland, Florida, Lewis was a two-time All-America and All-Big East linebacker at the University of Miami. He finished runner-up for the Butkus Award as a junior with 160 tackles and led the Big East in tackles his final two seasons. In all, he accumulated the fifth most tackles in Hurricane’s history despite playing only three seasons.
Lewis made a guest appearance on ESPN’s NFL Live during the summer of 2012, and he had a similar role on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown at Super Bowl XLI in South Florida in 2007. He was the featured athlete on the cover of EA Sports’ Madden NFL 2005, and he was profiled in NFL Network’s documentary series A Football Life. He has also appeared in television spots for Madden NFL 13, Under Armour, Old Spice and other products.
Lewis, who earned his undergraduate degree in Arts and Science in 2004 from the University of Maryland University College, is involved in charitable activities, motivational speaking and mentoring. He started the Ray Lewis 52 Foundation, a non-profit corporation which provides personal and economic assistance to disadvantaged youth. In May 2010, a portion of Baltimore’s North Avenue was renamed “Ray Lewis Way” in honor of his charitable work; similar honors include a 2006 JB Award (named for CBS broadcaster James Brown) and an “Act of Kindness” Award for his community work. Lewis’ son Ray III will be a freshman at the University of Miami this fall, where he will follow in his father’s footsteps and play football for the Hurricanes.