It was announced Tuesday that former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2018 class.
Lewis, a first-year nominee, is one of 108 names on a ballot comprised of 53 offensive players, 38 defensive players, five special-team players and 12 coaches. Eleven of the 108 nominees are first-year eligible players.
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His nomination is just the first step in a multi-step process. The list of nominees will be cut down from 108 to 15, then 10 and finally to five finalists, where the Pro Football Hall of Fame committee votes "yes" or "no." The final five must receive 80 percent "yes" votes to be inducted into the 2018 class.
Ray Lewis has become a face of the Baltimore Ravens organization.
Lewis played his entire 17-year career with the team after the Ravens drafted him 26th in the 1996 draft. During his 17 years, he won two Super Bowls, won Super Bowl XXXV MVP, was named to 13 Pro Bowls, a seven-time First-Team All-Pro, was a two-time Defensive Player of the year winner, won eight Defensive Player of the Week awards, played in 228 career games, made 1,336 tackles, had 41.5 sacks and 31 interceptions. Not to mention striking fear into every offensive player's heart.
The Ravens made his legacy official by erecting a statue of Lewis outside of M&T Bank Stadium in 2014, right next to Baltimore Colts' legendary quarterback Johnny Unitas.
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Other notable players nominated for the 2018 class include WR Randy Moss, LB Brian Urlacher and WR Donald Driver.
Since the nomination list was released, Lewis has been considered a shoo-in by many to become a top five nominee.
General Manager Ozzie Newsome had this to say when Lewis announced his retirement in 2012,
Ray Lewis will not only be remembered as one of the greatest to play his position, he will also be thought of as one of the greatest players in NFL history.
One thing that could deter the selection committee is Lewis's infamous past. Terrell Owens has been passed over before because of his personality.
In addition to the 108 modern-era nominees were 15 senior finalist.
Players must be retired for five years before they can be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.