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Early Career

Widely considered one of the best linebackers in the history of football, Ray Anthony Lewis was born Ray Jenkins on May 15, 1975, in Bartow, Florida. Lewis' early childhood years weren't always stable. His mother, Sunseria, was just 16 at the time of his birth and his father, Elbert Ray Jackson, was largely absent during his son's childhood. As a boy, and the eventual older brother to four younger siblings, Lewis quickly became the man of the house. He helped his sisters with their hair, and made sure his younger brother arrived at daycare on time.

Growing Up

Ray Lewis was born in Bartow, Florida, in 1975. The oldest of five children, Lewis became a football star at Kathleen High School and was recruited to play at the University of Miami. In 1996, Lewis was a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens. He led the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2000, and was named Defensive Player of the Year that same season.


But for all his big game talent, Lewis's reputation will forever be marred by his connection to a gruesome double murder outside an Atlanta nightclub in the early morning hours of January 31, 2000. Atlanta had played host to Super Bowl XXXIV and the game, which Lewis attended, had concluded just hours before. In the end, Lewis struck a plea bargain. In return for having the murder and aggravated and assault charges dropped, Lewis pled guilty to one count of obstruction of justice and agreed to testify against his two friends, both of whom were eventually acquitted. Lewis was also sentenced to one year of probation.


Ray Lewis had to deal with a lot of messed up situations in his life. He could have quit and give up as a child and blame it on the hand that life dealt him. But instead of that he played with the cards he was dealt. He went on to win two NFL Super Bowls. Got the MVP award and retired the greatest middle linebacker to ever play the game.

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