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Ray Lewis' career as a Raven, year by year
Ray Lewis' career as a Raven, year by year

When the Ravens made Ray Lewis their second-ever draft pick, they knew they were getting a highly productive player from the talent-rich University of Miami. What they could not have known is that Lewis would become arguably the greatest middle linebacker in history and one of the faces of his NFL generation. Through 17 seasons of controversy and excellence, Lewis' Baltimore ride has never been boring: 1996: On April 20, the Ravens select Ray Lewis with their second pick in the first round of the NFL Draft, 26th overall. Lewis, undersized at 6-foot-1, 235 pounds, is considered something of a consolation prize after the Ravens miss on Illinois linebacker Kevin Hardy (out of the...

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