There are not many successful, fierce sports personalities who spend their entire careers in just one the team, giving that team everything he got – and Ray Lewis was the one who can give every atom if his strength to the Baltimore Ravens.
This is a man who came from a somewhat problematic background, and he made himself strong because he wanted to defend his mother from an abusive stepfather. In these tragic events, that would break the majority of people, Ray, as an extraordinary man; prove that he can rise above problems.
Ray was a young football star at Kathleen High School that played for the University of Miami, and from 1996 he played for Baltimore Ravens – he is one of the rare sportsmen that spend their entire career leading the team in many victories, and of course, he did not do it because of the sport, but he has done it because he had that winning mentality.
One of his most significant accomplishments in Ray’s life was the Super Bowl victory in 2000 where he led the team and was named Defensive Player of the Year that same season.
Thirteen years later in 2013, he led the Ravens to another Super Bowl victory after which he retired.
This situation remarkable and unique and Lewis did it.
Ray Anthony Lewis was born as Ray Jenkins on May 15, 1975, in Bartow, Florida.
His growing up was not so stable – his mother Sunseria gave birth to Lewis when she was just 16, and his father Elbert Ray Jackson was absent during his childhood.
Developing his leadership abilities came out, clearly from this problematic domestic situation.
He was an older brother to four younger siblings, and since their father was absent he took the role of the head of the house, and care of all of their needs, both for his sisters and brothers.
Lewis was angry on his father because he abandoned his family – and because of it he abandoned the name Ray Jenkins and took the name of her mother’s boyfriend, Ray Lewis, when he enrolled Kathleen High School.
Lewis is the older brother of the former University of Maryland running back, so we can that his big brother influenced him, but there is no doubt that his physical strength and sports abilities.
But in one interview, he revealed that his stepfather was extremely abusive towards his mother, and so he started working out to protect his mother -it is fascinating how he chooses his number on the jersey.
When he practices to become stronger and to protect his mom, he flipped cards, the entire 52 card deck – and when he flipped 5, he did five push-ups, and then 7, etc.
Until he used all the cards – Ray continued working out.
Once, he said that he turned his most significant pain into his most prominent achievement – and that he recommends all people to do so since the other side of the pain is called glory.
He also said that he did not start working out for sports, but to be sure that one ever hurt his mother, and that he was determined to succeed so he can take care of his siblings.
There, in Kathleen High School, Lewis was an excellent wrestler and football player, who overcame his tinier size at the linebacker position with a deep passion and unmatched abilities.
During his time in High School; Lewis led school teams in football and wrestling – as expected, he was good in every sport and won many awards and recognition for his work.
His hard work paid off – in 1992, Lewis loaded with a full scholarship, enrolled at the University of Miami. This University was the most famous for the best and most quality regarding football programs – it is, and it provides everything that young athletes need.
Lewis quickly becomes an essential piece in a Hurricanes’ defense, and in total Lewis was ranked as fifth all-time in school history in tackles, ending his junior year was runner-up for the Butkus Award as the nation’s best linebacker.
In 1995 Lewis was picked in the draft by the Baltimore Ravens – the rest was the history of the sport.
It is amazing to look at Lewis career from this distance and to see that spent his entire 17-year career with the Ravens.
Right from the beginning, he was in tackles his rookie season.
In 2000 and 2003 the association named Lewis the Defensive Player of the Year, and in sports history, there are not many players in history with such recognition and honor.
Lewis also earned 13 trips to the Pro Bowl during his professional career and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade team from 2000.
The best year in his career was at the beginning of the new millennium – Ray led the Ravens to a Super Bowl to the throne, and along the way he received honors. Lewis lead Ravens defense and he lead them to the top of the game.
His team recorded four shutouts during the period and set league records – the record was set for the fewest rushing yards and fewest points allowed during a 16-game season.
Lewis was also seen as the team leader in every sense of that word, both mentally and spiritually – and he played on a record-breaking level all the time.
His game started to slow down two years later – Lewis was shelved for some part of the year, because he struggled with the triceps injury, and was unable to dominate like he once did.
Lewis declared that he would retire at the end of that season.
The news surged a Ravens team that had hesitated at the end of the normal season and helped drive the franchise to big winnings over Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos and Tom Brady’s New England Patriots.
On February 3, 2013, Lewis played his final football game in New Orleans, Louisiana; in Super Bowl XLVII.
His Ravens went head to head against the San Francisco and won, 34 to 31.
This was an amazing way to finish his professional career, at age 37, his career ended with a second Super Bowl victory.
In one interview, he stated that he could never finish his career in any other way.
As far as his love life goes, it is stated that Ray is currently single, but it is also known that he was in a relationship with Tatyana McCall, Kimberly Arnold, and Sharnika Kelly.
Lewis is the father of six kids, four boys and two girls – from four different women.
His sons are talented for sport just like he is. Ray Lewis III followed his footsteps and played football for the ‘University of Miami,’ and the ‘Coastal Carolina. Also, his other son named Rayshad Lewis performs for the ‘University of Maryland.’
His life is not shy from controversies – in the year 2000 Ray, and his two friends were charged with a double murder, outside an Atlanta nightclub.
The records show that they entered into a fight and that the fight, in fact, occurred outside the club, following the ‘Super Bowl’ party. But this brawl ended in wounding two men.
As far as this terrible incident goes, there are few facts – one victim’s blood was found in the Rays car, the limo he rented for that night.
Ray also had a jacket that had blood stains all over, but the coat was never seen.
He spent in jail 11 days but resolved for a plea deal.
In fact, Lewis settled two lawsuits with family members of the victims, called Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar.
But to avoid charges on murder, aggravated assault charges dropped, he pled guilty to one count of obstruction of justice, and even worse he witnessed against his two friends.
He was also was sentenced to one-year probation, and the NFL fined him with the 250,000 dollars.
Luckily any charges against Ray were dropped, but still, he was sentenced to probation for 12 months.
But his success has a brighter side – he was involved in charitable activities throughout his entire career and for that matter, he founded the ‘Ray Lewis 52 Foundation,’ that deals with gathering economic assistance to the poor sections of the society.
The Ray of Hope Foundation partners with celebrities and athletes, creating personal, inspirational video messages for people in need.
For his efforts, Lewis was awarded the ‘Act of Kindness’ award for his philanthropic work.
In the year 2015, Lewis published his autobiography, ‘I Feel like Going On: Life, Game, and Glory.’
Ray spoke a lot about the legacy he wants to carry on in his life – for him that us the greatness that he is carrying in his life that was created from many small things he has done well in his life.
He also stated that he succeeded in his work just because he worked hard every day, and was obedient; he added that his success does not have a lot to do with his talent, but with the effort, he gives in what he does.
In life, he stated it is really important to move, and he does it when he rides his bike – he is riding and does not matter if he is tired or not, he never stops, pedal after pedal, he wants to make it to that place – just keep moving.
Lewis was one athlete that was motivated to succeed, and he shows this deep need while on University – and while there he said that he would become the greatest player in its history.
He gains his wealth in the sense that he was the best as long as he played, since his University.
He was a strong and fierce and true leader who could make some serious money and stay there for a long time – he won Super Bowl twice, is there anything bigger than that?
Ray is known for his amazing motivational speaker, and the most famous story that he told to the public was the one that dealt with the story about the 52 cards.
Lewis is the man who is undoubtedly wealthy; he has everything that he wants in life – cars, money, success and recognition.
But he also does amazing charity work, and he is the one that has said that is the most important in his life to be remembered and that his legacy remains – his story truly deserves to be retold.
As of 2019, Ray Lewis’ net worth is estimated to be approximately 45 million dollars.
Full name: Ray Jenkins
Date of birth: May 15, 1975
Birthplace: Bartow, Florida
Profession: football player
Height: 6 ft (1.85 m)
Weight: 113 kg
Net Worth: 45 million dollars