Ravens Ray Lewis has New Nickname "Raytorious L52"
Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens has been the best defensive player of his generation during his 15-year NFL career. Lewis remains one of the most feared players in the league at the mature age of 35. Ray was the 26th pick of the 1996 NFL Draft by Baltimore.
Dunkadelic Sports Marketing in Baltimore wanted to honor Lewis and decided that like rap icon Notorious B.I.G. he be referred to as "Raytorious L52". L is for Legend and 52 is his uniform number. The rap legend loomed large over the hip-hop landscape just as Lewis does on defense. He is also being proclaimed as the "Undisputed Defensive Heavyweight Champ" of the NFL for his longevity and high level play at the top of his game.
Lewis and the Greatest (Muhammad Ali) himself are great athletes that are both strongly influenced by faith. Lewis and Ali have both been the center of attention of legal battles, and the two men have both risen to the top of their professions after their legal troubles. Ali reigned over boxing between the years 1963-78. He was even important to the sport when he was in exile for 3 1/2 years (1967-70). Lewis has been at the top of the defensive ladder for 15-seasons 1996-2010.
Ali will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary (10/26/10) of his first fight after being stripped of his heavyweight title. He won on a 3rd round TKO over Jerry Quarry.
Lewis is regarded as one of the 3 best linebackers players of all-time (Dick Butkus, Lawrence Taylor).
Bert Randolph Sugar the acclaimed boxing writer once said that the best heavyweights (over 250 pounds) was Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher (Chicago Bears linebacker) unfortunately they both play in the NFL and are not in boxing.
During the 2010 season-opener vs. the New York Jets Lewis delivered the knock-out hit when he laid out Jets tight-end Dustin Keller with the Jets driving for a score that would have given them a win.
Lewis is credited with taking the heart of former Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George when he was a premiere running-back for the Tennessee Titans.
When Lewis retires in 2-3 years from now he will have carved out one of the most impressive careers in NFL history.
He's Unanimous, He Victorious, He's the Raytorious L52, the Undisputed Defensive Heavyweight Champ.