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Ray Lewis In Rare Company For 13th Pro Bowl

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Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis is completing his 16th NFL season and while he is not the player he once was, he still commands the respect of his teammates, opposing players and coaches, as well as his fans and the fans of other NFL teams around the league. The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and the pudding is Lewis' 13th Pro Bowl selection, tied for 2nd behind two old school players who garnered 14 in their Hall of Fame careers.

Lewis is one behind both Los Angeles Rams DT Merlin Olsen and Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans OL Bruce Mathews, who both received 14 Pro Bowl honors. Ray is tied with two other NFL greats with the 13 Pro Bowls, DE Reggie White, who played for both the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers, and WR Jerry Rice, who played for the San Francisco 49ers as well as the Oakland Raiders. See the full list of most Pro Bowl appearances at NFL.com.

Both of the guys Ray Lewis is tied for are considered the greatest to ever play their respective positions in NFL history. Ray will easily be in the debate about the linebacker position and one he finally decides his playing days are over, he will be virtually guaranteed to join them in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.