Ray Anthony Lewis Jr., popularly known as Ray Lewis, is a former American football linebacker who participated in the National Football League (NFL), played his entire career for 17 years for the Baltimore Ravens from 1996 to 2013.
He won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year title in 2000 and 2003, the sixth player to win the award multiple times, named All-Pro ten times by an Associated Press, and the first to win the award on the winning Super Bowl team.
He decided to retire after the Ravens game against the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
After their match on Feb. 3rd, Sunday, held at the Superdome in New Orleans, jestingly dubbed as the Harbaugh match, the Ravens emerged as the victor with a final score of 34 – 31.
The SF 49ers were only 10 yards from the winning touchdown with only minutes to play, but the Ravens defense proved to be impregnable, a factor which led to their eventual victory.
The Ravens scored the first touchdown five minutes into the game when quarterback Joe Flacco threw a 13-yard pass to receiver Anquan Boldin, and added a one-yarder to Dennis Pitta. New Orleans’ Jacoby Jones, who scored two touchdowns for the Ravens, made a 56-yard catch for his first touchdown minutes before the end of the first half.
David Akers of 49ers scored to make it 28 – 6, followed by Michael Crabtree, after the 34 minute delay due to power outage, by a 31-yard Colin Kaepernick pass he caught midway through the 3rd quarter, followed by Frank Gore 169 second later making the score 28 -20.
In the process of the game, the Ravens trailed behind the 49ers by 31 – 29, and took the lead after a 5 point conversion to a score of 34 – 31.
The ball was in the court of the 49ers and the Ravens depended on Ray Lewis’ defense to hold- in- bay the furious onslaught of the 49ers, which they did by foiling four attempts for a touchdown to a final score of 34 – 31 thus winning the title.
Led by Coach John Harbaugh, the Ravens won their first Vince Lombardi trophy since 2000, and quarterback Joe Flacco was named Most Valuable Player.
The Super Bowl is the biggest spectacle in American sports and the most watched television event in history.
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