Monday, February 4, 2013
Ray Lewis: By the numbers
By Jamison Hensley
Courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information, here's a look at some numbers for Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who won the Super Bowl in the final game of his 17-year career:
1 -- The only player in NFL history to amass 40 sacks and 30 interceptions in a career.
2 -- Super Bowl titles won by Lewis, who won his 12 years apart. No other player waited longer between his first and second Super Bowl wins.
3 -- Number of Hall of Fame players who won a Super Bowl in their final game (John Elway, Gary Zimmerman and Russ Grimm). Lewis will join this group.
6 -- Players, including Lewis, who have been named NFL Defensive Player of the Year multiple times: Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Mike Singletary, Lawrence Taylor and Joe Greene.
12 -- Pro Bowls for Lewis, tying Junior Seau for the most ever by a linebacker. Only Bruce Matthews (14), Jerry Rice (13) and Reggie White (13) have been to more.
17 -- Seasons in the NFL for Lewis. That's the third-most by a linebacker in NFL history. Junior Seau (20) and Clay Matthews (19) are the only ones who have played more than Lewis.
50 -- Career takeaways by Lewis (31 interceptions and 19 fumble recovers). Only one linebacker, Jack Ham, had more with 53.
51 -- Tackles by Lewis in these playoffs, the most by a player in a single postseason dating back to 2000.
228 -- Games played by Lewis out of the 272 regular-season games in franchise history.
503 -- Career interception return yards for Lewis, second-most by a linebacker in NFL history (Derrick Brooks ranks first).