Ray Lewis officially hired by ESPN

Ravens icon Ray Lewis and ESPN have made their long-rumored union official this morning.

Lewis, who retired after the Ravens' Super Bowl win last month, has been hired by ESPN as a NFL studio analyst to appear on "Monday Night Countdown," "Sunday Night Countdown" and "SportsCenter," while also contributing to ESPN's annual Super Bowl coverage.

"ESPN is such a big part of how fans watch and experience sports, especially the NFL, so I'm excited to join their team," Lewis said in a statement. "I'm ready to bring the same level of passion to this next phase of my life as I brought to the field during my years as a player. I can't wait to work with my new teammates, many of whom I've already known for years."

Lewis will travel to the site of each week's "Monday Night Football" game where he will offer analysis alongside Stuart Scott, Steve Young and former Ravens teammate Trent Dilfer during the pregame show and postgame "SportsCenter."

Lewis will contribute to "Sunday NFL Countdown" throughout the season and make a weekly appearance on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning." The future Hall of Famer will also have the opportunity to host specials similar to "Jon Gruden's QB Camp" series. He is expected to start Aug. 1.

"Ray is a tremendous addition to our NFL roster and he will have an immediate impact on our coverage," ESPN executive vice president of production John Wildhack said in a statement. "One of the most accomplished players in NFL history, fans will be drawn to his knowledge, experience and, of course, the passion he always exudes for the game."