Best All-Time Professional Football Linebacker
Who is the greatest linebacker of all time? The answer is easy, Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens. Throughout his 13 year career, he has been the most consistent player in the NFL, when healthy. He is good for at least 100 tackles each year. Each year that he played in 6 or more games, he has gotten over 100 tackles, the only player this decade who can say that.
He is the most feared hitter on the field at any time. But these statistical facts are only the tip of the iceberg that is Ray Lewis. His intangibles are unparalleled by anyone. He is the heart and soul of the team. As a current college football player, analyzing tape, it is easy to see why the Ravens have the best defense year after year. Ray creates plays. No one can block him one on one. He is too quick for a lineman to block and too strong for a back to block. When he gets double-teamed it frees up other players to make plays.
In Super Bowl XXXV, Lewis ran down arguably the best running back in the league that year, Tiki Barber, sideline to sideline…at 250 pounds! His heart and passion drive this team past what the stats say. When he does his dance before games, 73,000 fans at M&T Bank Stadium go nuts. He gets EVERYONE ready for the game. I have tears in my eyes during introductions. He studies film like a maniac, knowing anything and everything about an opponent before a game. You can see it in his reads that he knows exactly what play is coming; this is pure talent and hard work combined; neither of which can be taught.
Greatest linebacker of all time Ray Lewis.
Thanks to flickr.com for the picture. Source: Phil Romans
While some greats come and go, Ray Lewis has consistently been the best for 13 years and at the age of 34, shows no signs of letting up, as evidenced by his 117 tackles last year (1988).
By the time Ray’s career is done, few will doubt that he was the best linebacker in NFL history.
Greatest linebacker of all time Ray Lewis. Thanks to flickr.com for the picture.
Source: Phil Romans
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