Ray Lewis is a very tough autograph and it is very easy to spot fakes as his signature is so unique. The cards above were obtained years ago and then sent to a friend who did a private signing in Miami, Florida; they were beautifully done as he sat in his hotel room and wasn’t rushed by tons of people. If you went up to Ray these days coming out of the stadium or walking through the airport Lewis wouldn’t sign unless you were able to somehow rush past the hoards of fans that recognized him. I will be holding onto these autographed cards as he is one of my favorite players of all time and a future Hall of Famer that has been advised to keep his autographs to a minimum.
Over the past 16 seasons Lewis has become a legend in the Raven’s defense, compiling impressive stats and leading the team to a Super-Bowl victory versus the Giants in 2001. I am very proud to say I was there, and to this day I remember the roar of the crowd as he did his infamous dance coning out of the tunnel. Despite a bit of a checkered past Ray is a good person, great motivator and a beast on the field. Recognized as one of the best defensive players of the modern era and in NFL history, he is a natural playmaker that intimidates opposing offenses with his ability to control the middle of the field with his natural athleticism. Although a bit older, Lewis makes up for his loss of a step, as his instincts, extreme physicality, and wreck less style are still a terror. At 6’1” 250 lbs, Lewis’s size is not prototypical these days, but his experience adds to his arsenal of tricks. The Ravens function off of Ray’s energy as he is a warrior on and off the field. Despite Lewis’s productive history the time for the Raven’s is now, and this teams chances may be running out due to an aging defense. Throughout his career Lewis has played in over 222 games, accounted for over 1999 tackles, 1514 solo tackles, 40.5 sacks, and an impressive 31 picks with 3 going for touchdowns. I really hope Ray can wrap up one more ring.