Lewis Hits Historic Milestone

Ray Lewis hit 2,500 career tackles in Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Monday, September 19th, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy, Week 2 at Titans

Midway through the third quarter of the Ravens’ 26-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans, linebacker Ray Lewis shot up the middle of a pack of players and stuffed running back Javon Ringer for a 1-yard gain.

In doing so, Lewis reached the remarkable milestone of 2,500 career tackles and further cemented himself as the NFL’s leading active tackler.

“It is just a credit of going out and giving it everything you’ve got year in and year out,” Lewis said in the post-game locker room. “Just try to stay as healthy as you can be and never stop loving the game. For me I never stopped loving it. I try to get these young kids to understand, be okay with the journey, man. Don’t go through this roller coaster that everyone else wants to take you through.

“If you are a true professional, you are going to prepare a certain way when you win and you are going to prepare the same way when you lose.”

Lewis is coming off a 2010 season in which he led the Ravens in tackles for the 13th time (145) and merited his 12th Pro Bowl bid.

With eight tackles against the Titans, Lewis now has 13 stops on the year and 2,506 throughout his 16-year career.

Lewis has the opportunity to reach other significant marks over the next few games.

If Lewis notches 1 ½ sacks, he will become the first player in NFL history to record 40 sacks and 30 interceptions. He currently stands with 38 ½ sacks and 31 picks.

And with 28 yards on an interception return, Lewis will pass Derrick Brooks (530) for the most all-time interception return yards by a linebacker. The second draft pick in Ravens history has 503 return yards of his own.

How does the 36-year old Lewis do it? A notorious workout fanatic, Lewis continuously trains his body to maintain an elite level of play, no matter his age.

“That is a credit to me coming back every year in better shape than I was the year before, because I always like the journey and to see where the journey is going to end,” said Lewis.

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