Ray Lewis is popularly known as an American footballer who was a strong defense machinery for the Baltimore Ravens. He started his football career while in the University of Miami, playing for the Miami Hurricanes before he was drafted in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft. Ray has won various NFL awards including being named Defensive Player of the Year twice as well as a 2-time Super Bowl Champion.
The middle linebacker eventually retired in 2012 after seventeen years of playing professional football for the Baltimore Ravens.
Ray Lewis Biography
The former American football linebacker has the full birth name Raymond Anthony Lewis Jr. and he was born on the 15th of May 1975 in Bartow Florida, United States of America. He is of African-American ethnical background but holds an American nationality. He studied at the Kathleen High School and went ahead to further his education at the University of Miami where he graduated from in 2004 with a degree in Arts and Science.
Ray Lewis began his career while still in the university, playing for the Miami Hurricanes football team and he is known to have played a vital role in defense. In his first season with the team, he made a total of 81 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss alongside 4 pass deflections. In his second season, he bagged the first-team All-American and All-Big East honours, recording a total of 153 tackles, 9 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, as well as 1 interception for the team. Ray, overall, was known to have had a successful college football career, winning the Butkus Award, an outstanding award given to the highest Linebacker in a college football and was also named to the All-American and All-Big East teams.
The ace player decided to abandon his final year so as to be drafted into the NFL in 1995 and he was chosen by the Baltimore Ravens with the second overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft. In his first season with the Ravens, he bagged the USA Today’s All-Rookie team honours for his amazing performance and in the following season, he had a career-high of 187 tackles and also landed a Pro Bowl Berth. In the next season that followed, he played uniquely and was named The Sporting News All-Pro Team as well as won the Pro Bowl Berth for the second time. In the subsequent season, he also earned the Pro Bowl Berth for the third time, in addition to winning the NFL Alumni Linebacker Of The Year.
In all his seventeen years of football career for the Ravens, Ray Lewis played exceptionally well and his hard work was evident in his numerous awards before his retirement in 2013. To crown his efforts, the famous player was inducted into the ProFootball Hall of Fame in 2018.
Aside from his football career, Ray Lewis runs a charitable organization he calls the Rays Lewis 52 Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the aim of assisting the less privileged youth personally and financially.
Family: Wife, Children
Ray Lewis has never been married before but he has been involved with four different women and Tatyana McCall happens to be the mother of three out of his six children from these relationships.
The former footballer’s children made up of four boys and two girls include Ray Lewis III, Rayshad Lewis, Rashaan Lewis, Ralin Lewis, Kaitlin Lewis, Diaymon Desiree Lewis. His oldest son Ray Lewis III played football for the Miami University and upon his transfer to Coastal Carolina, he joined the college football team there. However, his college career was cut short when he was expelled from school after being charged with sexual assault.
Moreso, Ray Lewis has been linked to having romantic relationships with Kimberly Arnold and Sharnika Kelly but his present love interest is not known.
The American footballer has a massive net worth which he accumulated all through his career. He is said to have earned as high as $5,850,000 as his salary during his time with the Baltimore Ravens and has an estimated net worth of $45 million.
Ray Lewis Murder Trial: What really happened?
Back in 2000, Ray Lewis and a group of friends went for the Super Bowl party at an Atlanta club. While still at the party, Ray and his friends got into a fight with another gang during which two men, Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar were stabbed to death. After the incident, Ray and two of his friends Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting were interrogated by the Atlanta police and were convicted on the charges of aggravated assault and murder 11 days later. Although the white suit which Ray Lewis wore at the day of the incident was not seen, the police made speculations that it could have been disposed in a waste bin at an eatery. More so, the knife found at the crime scene did not match any fingerprint.
Later on, the case took another turn as Ray accepted that he gave a false statement to the police. The player revealed that he did not plainly state that he was at the crime scene during his initial interrogation. The supreme court judge Alice D. Bonner subsequently sentenced him to one year of probation and he was tasked to pay a fine of $250,000 by the NFL. His friends Reginald and Joseph were both freed from the murder charges in 2000.