Here's a fact that's hard to believe.
Ray Lewis has only won the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award twice.
Think about that: One of the best defensive players of his era, the leader of one of the best defenses of his era, only has two Defensive Player of the Year awards.
His first award came in 2000, which is arguably his best season. He amassed 137 tackles (107 solo, 30 assists), three sacks, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions during that season, which would end with Baltimore's first Super Bowl championship.
The next time Lewis would claim the award would be in 2003. That season, Lewis would record 163 tackles (121 tackles, 42 assists), 1.5 sacks and perhaps his most impressive number, six interceptions with one returned for a touchdown.
You could make an argument for Lewis to win the 2001 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award (162 tackles, 3.5 sacks and three interceptions), but it instead went to Michael Strahan (with an assist by Brett Favre).
You could even make the argument for Lewis winning the award in 2010, when he finished with 139 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). Troy Polamalu would win the award that season.
That's just the tip of the iceberg, as you could pick any of Lewis' excellent seasons and make the case for him being the Defensive Player of the Year.