Whether you’re a fan of the team or not, you have to give them some respect. In 11 of their 20 seasons in existence, they’ve posted a winning record. They’re players are the ones you live to tell your kids about. Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Shannon Sharpe, and so on. You could go on and on speaking on the legendary talent that has come through this organization. To save you some time, and to get to the good stuff, here I will reel off arguably the best 10 players to play for the Ravens Rosters in recent memory. From left tackle all the way to safety, I’ll give you a new perspective on these Ravens and enlighten you on some of their incredible statistics.
Top Ten all Time Legends Of Baltimore Ravens
1. Ray Lewis – The best ever linebacker to play in the NFL? Very possible, but that’s a discussion for another day. Lewis was born in Bartow, Florida on May 15, 1975. After attending Kathleen High School in Lakeland, Florida, Lewis went on to star at the University of Miami for 3 years from 1993-95. In the 1996 NFL draft, Lewis was taken as the 26th overall pick by the Baltimore Ravens. From then on, there was no questioning the star’s talent. He played middle linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens in each season from 1996-2012. He heavily contributed to the Ravens success, highlighted by Super Bowl victories in 2000 and 2012. Lewis was named MVP of Super Bowl 35 (a 34-7 beatdown of the New York Giants by Lewis’ Ravens), which was arguably the greatest accolade of his career. Although the 2000 season ended with a Super Bowl ring, Lewis’ greatest season is highly looked at as the 2003 season. He racked up 161 tackles, one and a half sacks, six interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and one touchdown. Lewis was the leading vote-getter for the 2003 AP All-Pro Team, receiving 49/50 votes.
2. Jonathan Ogden – Born July 31, 1974 in Washington D.C. Similar to Ray Lewis, Jonathan was drafted in the 1996 NFL Draft by the Ravens, but with the fourth overall selection. From 1996-2007, the 6 foot 9, 345 pound standout offensive lineman started mainly at left tackle for Baltimore. In his fifth professional season, Ogden won Super Bowl 35 with the Ravens. His top accolade came in 2013 when Ogden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
3. Ed Reed – Unlike Ray Lewis and Jonathan Ogden, Ed Reed was not a member of the victorious Super Bowl 35 Baltimore Ravens squad. Reed was drafted in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft after four seasons as a stud at the University of Miami. During his hurricane career, Reed won the BCS National Championship in his 2001 senior season to cap off a tremendous college career. Reed played for the Baltimore Ravens from 2002-12, and returned in 2015, signing a one day contract to properly retire as a Raven after short stints with the New York Jets and Houston Texans. Reed’s playing career in the NFL was highlighted by the 2012 season, in which he helped the Ravens lift the Lombardi trophy in a 34-31 Super Bowl 47 victory over the San Fransisco 49ers. Reed set two NFL records, one for career interception return yards (1,590), and another for the longest interception returned for a touchdown (108 yards versus the Philadelphia Eagles). His best individual season undoubtedly came in 2004 when he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He recorded 9 interceptions and piled up 358 return yards on those 9 INT’s.
4. Terrell Suggs – Terrell Suggs, aka T-Sizzle, aka Ball So Hard University, is the first great Raven on our list that is still an active player, Suggs, age 33, was born on October 11, 1982 in Minneapolis, MN. He attended Arizona State University Before being selected 10th overall in the 2003 draft by the Ravens. To date, Suggs’ greatest accomplishment as a player would be considered his 2012 Super Bowl 47 victory. But his individual peak came in 2011 when he recorded 90 total tackles, 14 sacks, and two interceptions. After a tremendous 2011 season, Suggs was named AP NFL Player of the Year.
5. Joe Flacco – Joe cool. The man himself. The 2012 Super Bowl MVP was born in Audubon, New Jersey on January 16, 1985. Joe stands at 6 foot 6 with the “coolest” demeanor on the Ravens, always seeming calm and cool, even in the most tense situations on the field. Flacco was taken 18th overall in the 2008 draft from the University of Delaware. Flacco has racked up 28,322 passing yards, 162 touchdowns and 102 interceptions since his rookie debut in 2008 against the Cincinnati Bengals. His career (to this point) has been highlighted by the Ravens’ 2012 Super bowl run, where Joe threw 11 touchdowns and ZERO interceptions in the 2012 playoffs, and capped off with being victorious in Super Bowl 47, throwing up 22 completions in 33 attempts for 287 yards and three touchdowns. He was unanimously given the Super Bowl MVP trophy and the rest is History. Flacco is still the active starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens.
6. Jamal Lewis – Taken fifth overall in the 2000 NFL Draft, the Atlanta, Georgia native won the biggest game of them all in his first professional season, the Super Bowl. He ran for 1,364 yards and six touchdowns in his rookie campaign, helping the Ravens lift their first Lombardi Trophy. The height of Lewis’ career came in 2003 when he led the NFL in rushing with 2,066 yards, and fell only 39 yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s NFL record(which stands to this day) of 2,105 yards in 1984. After spending his first seven professional seasons with Baltimore, Lewis signed a contract with the Cleveland Browns in 2007. He would go on to retire after the 2009 season.
7. Haloti Ngata – In 2006, the Ravens decided to use their ever so valuable first round pick on a defensive tackle from the University of Oregon, named Haloti Ngata. The 6 foot 4 inch, 345 pound beast was an active Raven from 2006-2014, before being traded to the Detroit Lions. In his 9 year Raven career, Ngata tallied 281 total tackles, 25.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries, and 5 interceptions. Ngata’s best season arguably came in 2010, when he was selected to the 2010 all-fundamentals team by USA football and the NFL Players Association. His highlight game came in 2011 week 3 when Ngata scooped up a Sam Bradford fumble and returned for his first professional touchdown.
8. Marshal Yanda – The anchor of the Ravens offensive line since 2007, Marshal Yanda was taken 86th overall in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. In the 131 games Yanda has played in, he started 120 of them. From 2010-2015, Marshall started every single game he appeared in, only missing two games in 2014. Marshall quietly helped the 2012 Ravens lift the Lombardi Trophy.
9. Ray Rice – Despite all of the recent news with Ray Rice, let’s try to focus strictly on football. Rice was drafted in the second round of the 208 NFL Draft, making him the second player taken by the Ravens in 2008, behind Joe Flacco. Rice was a vital piece of the Ravens from 2008-2013, tallying 6,180 rushing yards, which sits second in all-time Ravens history behind Jamal Lewis’ 7,801. Rice’s biggest game came on December 20, 2010 against the New Orleans Saints. Rice allotted 233 yards total in the game, 153 being rushing and 80 receiving. He earned AFC offensive player of the week due to his outstanding performance. Similar to every player on this list, Rice is a Super Bowl champion as a Raven. His ring came in 2012, when the Ravens defeated the 49ers in Super Bowl 47, 34-31.
10. Peter Boulware – Born on December18, 1974, Peter Boulware would go on to attend Florida State University, and play for 4 years under legendary head coach Bobby Bowden. Boulware was drafted one year after the inaugural season of the Baltimore Ravens, in 1997 with the 4th overall selection. From 1997-2005, Boulware, along with Ray Lewis and others, helped anchor one of the most talented defenses the NFL had ever seen. The highlight of his career was hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in 2000. His second professional season was statistically his best, recording 83 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 6 tackles for a loss, and one fumble recovery. A year later, in 1999, Boulware was named an NFL All-Pro, his highest ranking award.
Recommended Ravens Players Articles:
- Baltimore Ravens All-Time Roster | The Football Database… Read More
- Baltimore Ravens | History | All-Time Roster… Read More
- Baltimore Ravens: 3 All-Time Best Players At Every Position – Ebony Bird… Read More
- The Best Baltimore Ravens of All Time – Ranker… Read More
- NFL: The 5 Greatest Baltimore Ravens of All Time – The Cheat Sheet… Read More