Ray Lewis: By the numbers
Oct/16/12 10:19 PM Filed in: Ray Lewis
A look at some memorable statistics for Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who is out for the season with torn triceps muscle in his right arm. These numbers come courtesy of our friends at ESPN Stats & Information:
1 -- Lewis is the only player in NFL history to amass 40 sacks and 30 interceptions in a career (sacks became official in 1982).
2 -- Times Lewis has been named NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2000, 2003). The five others to achieve this feat: Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Mike Singletary, Lawrence Taylor and Joe Greene.
4 -- Games missed by Lewis in the previous four seasons. He had started every game from 2008 to 2010.
12 -- Pro Bowls for Lewis. Only Bruce Matthews (14), Jerry Rice (13) and Reggie White (13) have been to more. It's tied with Tony Gonzalez for the most by active players. Lewis is also tied with Junior Seau for most Pro Bowls ever by a linebacker.
17 -- Seasons in the NFL for Lewis. That's the third-most by a linebacker in NFL history. Junior Seau (20) and Clay Matthews (19) are the only ones who have played more than Lewis.
50 -- Career takeaways for Lewis, the second-most ever by a linebacker. Jack Ham finished with 53. Lewis has recorded 31 interceptions and 19 fumble recoveries.
57 -- Lewis' tackles this season, which ranks fourth in the NFL. He leads the Ravens and has 14 more than any other teammate.
244 -- Career starts for Lewis (which includes the postseason). That's the most among active players.