Ray Lewis thinks numbers add up for Hall of Fame election

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame will elect a new class on Saturday and former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is considered one of the top candidates to be part of the group.

Lewis’s work on the field during his long career in Baltimore is the reason why he’s in that position, but Lewis said on the B-More Opinionated podcast that he sees other things lining up in his favor this weekend.

“You cannot draw this stuff up,” Lewis said, via ESPN.com “My entire career I wore No. 52. I’m walking into Super Bowl 52. It’s like this surreal moment.”

For those looking for more cosmic connections, there’s also the fact that Lewis played his final game when the Ravens beat the 49ers in the Super Bowl on February 3, 2013 and that the Hall of Fame vote will take place five years from that day. The vote would likely turn out the same way had Lewis worn No. 59 or ended his career on February 6, but things do seem to be aligned in his favor.

33 responses to “Ray Lewis thinks numbers add up for Hall of Fame election

  1. There’s no reason why Ray Lewis shouldn’t be a unanimous pick. Not since the days of Dick Butkus, Jack Lambert and Jack Ham has a linebacker been as devastating as Ray Lewis.

  2. I think everyone is in agreement that if he weren’t involved in off the field accusations, he’d be a shoe-in. I can’t say if he deserves to be judged for that, since I wasn’t there, but we all do know the reason he might not get in and Ray Lewis knows that reason too.

  3. While I agree he deserves to be in the HOF, instead of saying so, why not just say something deferential to the voters like, “I played hard, and I hope that the voters agree, but that is their decision”.

    Even though he is a first-ballot lock, even Brady would not take the HOF for granted and say something like Lewis said.

  4. I was never a fan of Ray Lewis, but I’ve been watching NFL football since the seventies and Lewis is the best linebacker I’ve ever seen. The only player close in my book in Luke Kuechly, thanks to his aggressiveness (alas the serial concussions) and being even superior to Ray in memorizing the tendencies of an opposing offense, reading their formations and changing his own team’s defensive plays at the line of scrimmage. I’ve never seen a linebacker (defensive QB) as good as Kuechly in that aspect of the game. The only thing that may keep Kuechly out of the Hall of Fame, himself, would be his career ending prematurely due to concussions.

    – Titans Fan

  5. guypatsfan says:
    February 1, 2018 at 8:42 am

    There’s no reason why Ray Lewis shouldn’t be a unanimous pick. Not since the days of Dick Butkus, Jack Lambert and Jack Ham has a linebacker been as devastating as Ray Lewis.
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    Lawrence Taylor was more impactful and Mike Singletary was better.

  6. One of the very best defenders of all time, but the whole murder thing could give some voters pause…

  7. I know he’s getting in, but he wouldn’t get my vote. He’s lucky the football hall of fame doesn’t adhere to the same criteria of the baseball hall of fame. He got away with a murder. Not to mention he’s as phony as a $3 bill.

  8. guypatsfan says:
    February 1, 2018 at 8:42 am

    There’s no reason why Ray Lewis shouldn’t be a unanimous pick. Not since the days of Dick Butkus, Jack Lambert and Jack Ham has a linebacker been as devastating as Ray Lewis.

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    Butkus would not even be allowed to play in today’s NFL. He would be suspended every week for his “Style” of play

  9. We can’t evaluate Ray as a person, we weren’t there to witness what he did or didn’t do…

    That being said we can evaluate his on-field production:

    Statistically, always among league leaders in tackles.

    41.5 career sacks
    31 career INTs
    19 Forced fumbles, 20 fumble recoveries
    119 passes defensed

    Those are insane numbers for an ILB.

    In addition, Lewis was unmatched as a motivator, leader and communicator for the Ravens defense.

    He made key plays at key times and was the main reason the Ravens were who they were for over the duration of his career.

    Ray had all the tangibles and intangibles and you could argue he was the best ILB of all time. And this is at a time when he had to play vs the likes of Brady, Manning and Roethlesberger on a consistent basis and still won 2 SB.

    First ballot, and there’s no argument.

  10. I have no problems with Lewis getting in- however, once he does, the Hall can never, ever, use off the field issues as an excuse to keep anyone out.

    Lewis plead guilty to obstruction of justice in a murder investigation. Just in case anyone forgot that.

  11. I can’t believe all of the irrational hate here for Ray. The guy is one of the best who ever played his position and is a no-brainer first ballot Hall of Famer. If you want to question his personality and off-field issues feel free, but to try to minimize his impact and skill as a player is ridiculous.

  12. Do they track piling on after a tackle is made? Cuz Ray Ray definitely leads in that category.

  13. dprouse says:

    I can’t believe all of the irrational hate here for Ray. The guy is one of the best who ever played his position and is a no-brainer first ballot Hall of Famer. If you want to question his personality and off-field issues feel free, but to try to minimize his impact and skill as a player is ridiculous.
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    If personality and off field issues were not in the equation then TO would be in right now.

  14. GreenMtnguru says:
    February 1, 2018 at 9:19 am
    guypatsfan says:
    February 1, 2018 at 8:42 am

    There’s no reason why Ray Lewis shouldn’t be a unanimous pick. Not since the days of Dick Butkus, Jack Lambert and Jack Ham has a linebacker been as devastating as Ray Lewis.
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    Lawrence Taylor was more impactful and Mike Singletary was better.
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    I agree that LT was more impactful, but he played a different position. Mike Singletary was NOT better than Ray Lewis – No way!! Since I have been watching football (late 70’s) RL is the best inside LB I have ever seen – no one is close

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