With 1,184 career tackles, 38.5 career sacks, 30 career interceptions, 14 career forced fumbles and three career defensive touchdowns, there is little doubt that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is one of the best middle linebackers to ever play the game. He is also one of the best defensive players to ever play the game.
Lewis has made a career out of punishing backs and receivers, and since his rookie season in 1996, he has gifted more bruises, broken more bones and terrified more quarterbacks than arguably any other NFL player in the same time span.
Usually, front-seven players perform without glory. They're asked to hold the edge on outside contain, to make the simple tackle, to gnarl knuckles in the trenches. Compared to defensive-back counterparts, linebackers are often not viewed as human highlight reels.
That is unless they're named Ray Lewis.
Here's a look at eight video highlights from the legendary Ravens linebacker's career.