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ESPN makes it official, announcing Ray Lewis hire

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ESPN made it official this morning, announcing the previously reported hire of retired Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis as an NFL analyst.

The two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and 12-time Pro Bowl selection will be part of ESPN's NFL programming, including Monday Night Countdown and Sunday NFL Countdown shows.

"ESPN is such a big part of how fans watch and experience sports, especially the NFL, so I’m excited to join their team," Lewis said in a statement. "I’m ready to bring the same level of passion to this next phase of my life as I brought to the field during my years as a player. I can’t wait to work with my new teammates, many of whom I’ve already known for years.”

According to the announcement, Lewis will travel to the site of every Monday night game.

He'll also appear weekly on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike program and host specials similar to the ones Jon Gruden does with quarterbacks.

“Ray is a tremendous addition to our NFL roster and he will have an immediate impact on our coverage,” ESPN executive vice president of production John Wildhack said. "One of the most accomplished players in NFL history, fans will be drawn to his knowledge, experience and, of course, the passion he always exudes for the game."

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