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All-Ravens team: Running backs

To commemorate the Ravens' 15 years of existence, Ravens Insider will select an All-Ravens team. It will honor the 26 best players (11 on offense, 11 on defense and four on special teams) who have played on the Ravens from 1996 to 2010.

The All-Ravens team continues with the offense, focusing on the backfield:

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Fullback: Sam Gash (2000-02)

Running back: Jamal Lewis (2000-06)

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Comment: Ray Rice has been the most complete running back in Ravens history, but Jamal Lewis has been the most dominant one. With speed to break away from defenders and size run over them, Lewis finished as the Ravens' all-time rushing leader (more than doubling the total of any other Ravens running back) and scored the most touchdowns in team history. As a rookie, he carried the Ravens offensively in the second half of their Super Bowl season. Two years after tearing his ACL, Lewis came back stronger and rushed for 2,066 yards, just 39 yards short of the NFL's all-time single season rushing record.

There's plenty of strong candidates at fullback from Sam Gash to Alan Ricard to Ovie Mughelli to Le'Ron McClain. The nod goes to Gash for two main reasons. In 2000, he was not only Lewis' lead blocker but a mentor to the 21-year-old prodigy. The next season, when Lewis sustained a season-ending knee injury in training camp, Gash was a pivotal part in the Ravens ranking 11th in the NFL in rushing with the likes of Terry Allen and Jason Brookins carrying the ball. Gash didn't make the Pro Bowl with the Ravens like he did in Buffalo, but he made an impact on the Ravens running game that lasted after he left the team.

Second team: Ray Rice (RB) and Le'Ron McClain (FB)

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