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Former Miami Hurricanes LB Ray Lewis Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Kirby Lee)

Coming as no surprise former Miami Hurricanes and Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The announcement was made on Saturday evening as Lewis was a first ballot hall of fame selection.

This is probably as much as a slam dunk as you can find for someone on the first ballot. After being selected out of Miami as the 26th pick overall in the first round by the Ravens in 1996, his career from then was nothing short as spectacular.

Lewis played in 17 season all for the Ravens where he retired in 2012. He’s a 13 time Pro Bowler and seven time first team All-Pro, and three times second team All-Pro. He’s two time defensive player of the year, won two Super Bowls and a Super Bowl MVP.

He finished his career with 2,061 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 67 pass deflections, 31 INTs, 17 forced fumbles and 3 TDs.

When talking about Ray Lewis, there’s not doubt that he’s certainly one of the best defensive players ever to play in the NFL. You can argue he’s the most dominant MLB in the last 25 years.

While he was at Miami, he was two time first team All-American. Lewis joins, Ted Hendricks, Michael Irving, Jim Kelly, Cortez Kennedy, Jim Otto and Warren Sapp as former Miami players to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Joining Lewis in the Class of 2018 is fellow linebacker and former Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher, Philadelphia Eagles DB Brian Dawkins, Former 49ers, Eagles and Cowboys WR Terrell Owens, and former Vikings, Patriots and Raiders WR Randy Moss. Also former Green Bay Packer great Jerry Kramer finally gets his call. Also former Oilers LB Robert Brazile and former NFL GM Bobby Beathard will get their busts in Canton.

Lewis and Moss were the two obvious picks for this class. The rest was filled with drama. Missing the cut are former Bucs DB and current 49ers GM John Lynch and former Jaguars OL great Tony Boselli.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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