"Ray Lewis became not only the face of the Ravens organization, but, with Ray as their centerpiece, he created an identity for the franchise as a defensive team," Hall of Fame vice president Joe Horrigan said. "Like Ray Nitschke, Dick Butkus and Joe Schmidt, Ray was the quarterback of the defense. He earned his teammates' respect and confidence. They believed in him because of his leadership skills and abilities.
"It's always difficult to compare players from different eras, but he was certainly a dominant player. Was he as dominant at his position as Lawrence Taylor? He's certainly right up there. It's hard to imagine him not being in the Hall as soon as he can be, but that's up to the voters."