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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has had a remarkable career. Since entering the league as the 26th overall pick in the 1996 NFL draft, the Miami product has been one of the best players in the league.
Lewis has reached a ridiculous 12 Pro Bowls, been named First-Team All-Pro seven times (and second team three times), and has been named the AP's Defensive Player of the Year twice (2000 and 2003).
He has been to more Pro Bowls than any other inside/middle linebacker and has been selected to more All-Pro teams than any linebacker other than Lawrence Taylor (who also had 10 selections). He is also the only player to record 40 sacks and 30 interceptions during his career.
There are more stats to show just how amazing he has been, but I figure you're sufficiently impressed.
The long-time leader of the Ravens defense will turn 37 in May and has struggled with a toe injury. While he has 78 tackles in 10 games this season, he has slowed down a touch. It's reasonable to expect that there will be more drop-off next season as he approaches what could be his final year in the league.
Lewis is easily one of the best linebackers in NFL history, but no one can play at that level forever. I expect 2012 to be the first time we see a significant drop in his game.