The Ravens are kicking off their 20th NFL season this year. To commemorate that achievement, we'll take a look at the Ravens' top 10 players of the last 20 years.
#7 - Peter Boulware
Another first round pick for the Ravens showing up on this list. Surprise, surprise!
Peter Boulware, the outside linebacker from Florida State came to the Ravens via the 4th overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft. The Ravens and fans got to see what would be expected and commonplace from Boulware in his rookie year as he finished the season with 66 total tackles, 13 sacks and one forced fumble on his way to the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
Playing for the Ravens for 8 seasons before retiring at the end of the 2005 season, Boulware was the Ravens' all-time sacks leader until Terrell Suggs snatched that away in 2011. Boulware would finish his career with 493 tackles, 70 sacks, 13 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries and one interception in 126 games. He was also a member of the Ravens' 2000 Super Bowl team, getting a ring that few players are able to achieve in their careers. Boulware still stands as one of four players with 70 career sacks (Michael McCrary, Peter Boulware, Terrell Suggs and Rob Burnett). Boulware has the team record for sacks in a single season with 15 in 2001 and was able to play in 111 straight games before succumbing to injury at the end of the 2003 season.
For his great accomplishments both on and off the field, the Ravens inducted Boulware into the Ravens' Ring of Honor at M&T Bank Stadium the year following his retirement. He joins several great names on this list as well as Colt favorites.
In addition to being a great, yet quiet player on the field, Boulware has done exceedingly well off the field. Being a vice president of a Tallahassee Toyota dealership as well as founding a private school, the Community Leadership Academy. Peter Boulware took his greatness even further by running for the Florida State House. Sadly, he was ultimately defeated but was still appointed to the Florida Board of Education.
Peter Boulware was a player that put his all into every down, but was incredibly quiet despite his accomplishments. Never one to act a fool, Boulware is a great model of a player that was drafted high and exceeded even the Ravens' wildest wishes.