It looks like Ray Lewis may have another bulletpoint to add to his resume, he may soon be able to claim 'College Football Hall of Fame Member' as another one of his many accomplishments.
Ray Lewis is a very decorated football player, a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, a 13-time Pro Bowl selection, a Super Bowl MVP, and two Super Bowl rings. Next up? College Football Hall of Famer.
While Lewis is a surefire candidate for Canton, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is he a lock for Atlanta? (where the College Hall of Fame is located) The answer, perhaps not, as last year Lewis was nominated, but wasn't selected to the hall. The thing about the College election process is that many players and coaches are nominated each year, there were 168 total players nominated this year alone. Last year, only 17 players and coaches were inducted. Lewis faces stiff competition from names like fellow linebacker Derrick Brooks.
Lewis was a very good player in college, and there's no doubting his credentials, as he was named to the freshman All-American team, then named a First-Team All-American in his sophomore and junior seasons, and also receiving All-Big East honors in those two seasons as well. In his final year at Miami, he was a runner-up for the Butkus Award, given to the top linebacker in college football. In just three seasons, Lewis left his mark at Miami, he led the Big East in tackles his last two seasons and accumulated the fifth most in Miami history.
We will find out January 8th of next year if Lewis joins the less than two ten-thousandths (.0002) of one percent of college football players that have earned themselves a place in the hall. That means of the 5.06 million individuals that have played college football, only 963 players are in the hall. Whatever the case may be, Ray Lewis is a special player, and he deserves a spot in College Football's sacred shrine, let's hope the selection committee realizes that too.
Other Notable Ravens Nominated: former Baltimore Colts quarterback Bert Jones, an All-American at LSU, Ravens assistant coach Mark Carrier, an All-American safety at USC, former Ravens backup quarterback Randall Cunningham, an All-American at UNLV, former Ravens safety Rod Woodson, an All-American at Purdue, and former Ravens safety Anthony Poindexter, an All-American at Virginia.