Ray Lewis excluded from College Hall of Fame

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Retired Ravens star linebacker, Ray Lewis wasnt named to the 2014 College Hall of Fame class.

Retired Ravens star linebacker, Ray Lewis wasn't named to the 2014 College Hall of Fame class.

The former Raven and future NFL Hall of Fame linebacker was a standout at the University of Miami, earning All-American honors and was a runner-up to the Dick Butkus award. Lewis ended his College career as a junior with 160 tackles, second in school history and led the Big East in tackles his last two seasons while accumulating the fifth most in University of Miami history despite leaving for the draft after his junior season.

He was drafted in 1996 famously by the Ravens in the first round at the 26th position after the Ravens took left tackle Jonathan Ogden with the 4th pick. Lewis holds numerous NFL records including 13 total Pro Bowl selections (most for an MLB), 10 All-Pro selections (tied with Lawrence Taylor for any linebacker type), as well as 51 total tackles in a single postseason. After retiring at the end of the 2012 season and ending with his second Super Bowl trophy and ring, Lewis ended his career with 2,061 tackles, 41.5 sacks and 31 interceptions while widely being recognized as one of the greatest linebackers to ever play the game and as a mold for how current linebackers are treated.

The Hall of Fame class includes former North Carolina cornerback Dre Bly, former USC offensive tackle Tony Boselli, former Purdue defensive tackle Dave Butz, former Penn State linebacker Shane Conlan, former Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton, former Maine linebacker John Huard, former Stanford halfback Darrin Nelson, former Louisiana Tech offensive tackle Willie Roaf, former UCLA quarterback John Sciarra, former South Carolina wide receiver Sterling Sharpe, former McNeese State cornerback Leonard Smith, the late Alabama linebacker Derrick Thomas, former Texas Christian running back LaDainian Tomlinson, former Ole Miss tight end Wesley Walls, former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti and former Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore.

It is surprising to see Lewis not among those names given that he would have been one of the best known names on it for his contributions on the field.

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