Where would you rank Ray Lewis among the greatest players to ever play in the NFL?
Well, last night, on the second-to-last episode of the NFL Network’s show “The Top 100”, the Ravens’ linebacker was revealed as the 18th greatest player in NFL history.
The list was determined by a blue-ribbon panel of football experts, including former players, historians, scouts, team executives and writers.
Lewis, an 11-time Pro Bowler, two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV, is the highest-ranked active defensive player on the list.
If you haven’t seen the show before, each player that makes the list has their story presented by a person who either has a particular interest in that player or can provide insight into his greatness.
Lewis’ segment is narrated by his former defensive coordinator, and the current head coach of the Bengals, Marvin Lewis.
“He was the AFC Defensive Player of the Week his first game, so obviously a good start,” Lewis said early on in the clip. “And alls he did is keep getting better from that point on.”
Previous Ravens to make the list were safety Ed Reed, who came in at No. 88, Ravens GM and former Browns tight end Ozzie Newsome, who was No. 73, and left tackle Jonathan Ogden, who ranked a spot ahead of Newsome at No. 72.
How do you feel about Lewis’ No. 18 ranking?
Should he have been higher on the list? Is 18 the right spot for him?
Personally, I’m a little surprised Ray didn’t at least crack the top-15. It’s hard for me to believe that there are 17 players better than Lewis, but 18th is still nothing to be ashamed of.
The clip does end with this quote from Lewis, however: “My name in this game has to go down as the greatest ever. Not linebacker. I’m the greatest player to ever play this game.”