Born Ray Anthony Lewis on May 15, 1975, in Bartow, FL; son of Ray Lewis, Sr. and Sunseria Keith; children: Ray Anthony III, Rayshad Education: University of Miami.
Professional football player. Baltimore Ravens, linebacker, 1996-. Life's Work
Ray Lewis emerged from tiny Lakeland, Florida to become one of the National Football League's (NFL) most feared defensive players of the modern era. Lewis's passion for football grew out of his love of wrestling, a sport that he excelled in at Lakeland Kathleen High School. Lewis's father had won state wrestling titles at Kathleen, and that motivated Lewis to set new records there. On the football field Lewis has exuded the same kind of passion and desire. His prowess in football at Kathleen attracted the attention of all of the state's major colleges. Once Lewis decided on the University of Miami, he worked to become one of the best players in the school's history. After three years of college, Lewis entered the NFL and was taken by the Baltimore Ravens. The previous season, the Ravens had moved from Cleveland to Baltimore and had not yet developed a team identity. But Lewis quickly established an identity for himself through his tenacious defensive playing. He combined speed and power with the ability to change the game with one hit or one big play. During the 2000 season, Lewis led the Ravens to a victory over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. As a youngster Lewis's determination to succeed as an athlete was formidable. At Kathleen High Lewis won the Class 4A 189-pound state title, while earning at the same time Florida High School Athletic Association All-State honors. But most of Lewis's notoriety came through football, which would prove his vehicle to stardom. On Kathleen's football team, Lewis was named the most valuable player during both his junior and senior years. During his career, Lewis played running...