In what might be the least surprising announcement ever made, former Ravens superstar linebacker Ray Lewis was named as a semifinalist to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.
BREAKING: The list of the 27 Modern-Era Semifinalists for the Class of 2018 #PFHOF18 pic.twitter.com/mzruqRt0O4— Pro Football HOF (@ProFootballHOF) November 22, 2017
This is Lewis’ first year on the ballot, and he should a lock to be enshrined in Canton this year. Other first timers who should get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame include wide receiver Randy Moss and linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis played all 17 years of his career in Baltimore, and retired as the greatest middle linebacker of all time. Lewis was an All-Pro selection 10 times, and was named to the Pro Bowl 13 times. In addition, Lewis was a two time AP Defensive Player of the Year, and a three time AFC Defensive Player of the Year.
In his career, Lewis totaled 1,336 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 17 forced fumbles and 31 interceptions. Lewis won two Super Bowls, and was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV.
Lewis’ resume is great, all-time great. It should go without saying that Lewis is going to be putting on a gold jacket in his first year on the ballot.