1. Ray Lewis:
The Baltimore Ravens had one face of the franchise from 1996-2012, it was Ray Lewis. If you want to argue that Ray Lewis isn’t a first-ballot Hall of Fame player, then your argument is not rooted in reality. Not only is he considered by many to be the greatest middle linebacker of all-time, but he is the greatest Raven of all-time. When you have men like Ogden and Ed Reed in your team’s lure, being at the very top is incredibly impressive.
Lewis had well over 1,000 tackles in his storied career. He had 41.5 sacks, 17 forced fumbles and 31 interceptions in his career. It is hard to think of Lewis as a pass rusher but in each of his 16 seasons he had at least one sack. Nobody could do as much as Lewis could for the Ravens defense. He was the biggest reason the Ravens were consistently one of the best defensive teams in his tenure.
There really isn’t much more to say, because nothing else needs to be said. Lewis is a legend of the game. He is an icon of a football player. His impact on the game in incredible. His impact on the Ravens franchise is incalculable. Ray Lewis is the greatest of all-time, end of discussion.