14. Ray Lewis

Nola McConnan + Tim Cortes

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Watercolor Painting

Nola McConnan + Tim Cortes

In 2013 the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated its 50th anniversary by adding a new addition adjacent to the original building. The new section of the Hall of Fame was joined to the existing section by means of a passageway called the Time Tunnel. The Hall of Fame decided to decorate the...

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In 2013 the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated its 50th anniversary by adding a new addition adjacent to the original building. The new section of the Hall of Fame was joined to the existing section by means of a passageway called the Time Tunnel. The Hall of Fame decided to decorate the passageway by showing life-size portraits of The 15 Greatest NFL Players of All Time. The Hall of Fame hired Scott Sillcox of Heritage Sports Art to create the player images. This framed piece contains the three actual original pieces of art that were used to create the life-size image of Player #14 in the timeline – Ray Lewis. To the viewer’s left is the actual original watercolor painting of Lewis’ uniformed body. The original artwork in the center-top-left is the actual original painting of Lewis’ head, while the original artwork in the center-top-right depicts Lewis’ arms. The image to the viewer’s right is the final art that was electronically created using the three original pieces of art, and it is this compiled image that has been enlarged to life-size and can be found in the Time Tunnel at the Hall of Fame.

Raymond Anthony 'Ray' Lewis Jr. (born May 15, 1975) is a former American football linebacker, who played all of his 17-year professional career for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He previously played college football for the University of Miami, and earned All-America honors. Lewis was the Ravens’ second pick in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft, 26th overall, after Jonathan Ogden was selected with the fourth-overall choice. Ravens obtained the 26th pick from San Francisco in a 1995 draft-day trade. Lewis was the fourth LB selected overall in the draft. Upon his retirement following the 2012 season, he was the last remaining active player from the team's inaugural season.

Lewis played middle linebacker his entire career, and is considered to be one of the greatest ever to play the position. He was a 13-time Pro Bowler, 10-time Associated Press All-Pro, and one of the few players in NFL history to play in a Pro Bowl in three different decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s). He is also considered to be the greatest Baltimore Raven of all-time.

Lewis was a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2000 and 2003) and just the sixth player in NFL history to win the award multiple times (Lawrence Taylor – three times; Joe Greene, Mike Singletary, Bruce Smith and Reggie White – two times each). Won two Super Bowls (XXXV and XLVII) and was Super Bowl XXXV MVP. He was named to the NFL All-Decade (2000s) team, chosen every 10 years by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Lewis played 228 regular season games plus 21 playoff games. In the regular season he had 1567 solo tackles + 494 assisted tackles for a total of 2061 tackles. He also had 31 regular season interceptions (three for TD’s) and another two in the playoffs.

Lewis was a feared competitor and in a team game, was a true game changer. 

RAYMOND ANTHONY LEWIS JR. … UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI … 6’1’, 240 … RAVENS’ FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICK, 26TH PLAYER OVERALL IN 1996 DRAFT ... ELECTED TO 13 PRO BOWLS ... SUPER BOWL XXXV MVP … TWO TIME NFL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR ... ELECTED TO NFL’s 2000’s ALL-DECADE TEAM ... STARTED AT MIDDLE LINEBACKER IN SUPER BOWLS XXXV, XLVII ... BORN MAY 15, 1975 IN BARTOW, FLORIDA.

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