Hall of Fame monitor: Ravens

January, 8, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Our bloggers examine the Hall of Fame worthiness of players in this week's divisional round:

Lewis

Ray Lewis, linebacker
Body of work:
Lewis is widely considered the most dominant linebacker of his generation. He has a Super Bowl ring, a Super Bowl MVP, 10 Pro Bowls and countless franchise records. Even at the age of 33, Lewis is still playing at a Pro Bowl level and shows little signs of slowing down. He says he wants to play 3-4 more seasons before he retires and Canton undoubtedly will be waiting his arrival.

Unfinished business: None. Lewis has nothing else to prove. He is playing simply for the love of the game and pursuit of another championship. Lewis, who is a free agent, may get it if he continues to stick around the fast-rising Ravens.

Projected chance: Lock


Reed

Ed Reed, safety
Body of work:
Despite just spending seven seasons in the league, Reed, 30, is one of the youngest players currently on very solid footing for the Hall of Fame. He is a five-time Pro Bowler who is well ahead of the curve with his contemporaries in terms of career interceptions (43 in regular season). And Reed's ability to score defensive touchdowns (12) sets him apart from a majority of safeties already inducted. He has an astounding 1,144 return yards off interceptions for his career.

Unfinished business: One Super Bowl would seal it. Reed joined the Ravens in 2002, so he missed the team's title run by a couple of seasons. But if Reed gets a ring to go with his Pro Bowl honors, defensive MVP award (2004) and gaudy statistics, he's in. Perhaps his biggest challenge at this point is competing against the all-time greats and making his case to be the greatest free safety ever.

Projected chance: Looking good

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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