9. Jermaine Lewis
You remember Jermaine Lewis for being a kick return specialist. The most memorable moment of Lewis’s career was scoring the second of back to back kickoff returns for a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXV. The kick return of Lewis prevented the New York Giants from changing the momentum of the game. It kept the Baltimore Ravens rolling towards “Festivus Maximus” glory.
Lewis never scored a touchdown on a kickoff return in the regular season but he did have six career touchdowns as a punt returner. He returned 295 punts for over 3,000 yards and 212 kickoffs for over 4,000 yards. His kickoff return in Super Bowl XXXV was easily one of the most exciting moments in Ravens history. It almost seemed magical.
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Lewis actually made more of an impact as a wide receiver than you probably remember. He had 136 receptions, 1,984 yards and 16 receiving touchdowns as a member of the Ravens. Lewis has the seventh most receiving touchdowns for the franchise. Lewis had such good speed and he was a real difference maker in the open field. Lewis had elusiveness and good vision that helped him be a big play-maker. In the 2000 season he averaged over 16 yards per reception. Big plays were so critically important to the 2000 Ravens because moving the ball wasn’t always easy for that offense. You can’t forget what Lewis did as a pass catcher for the Ravens.
While he was a much more notable player as a return specialist (which is how he made it to the Pro Bowl twice) he wasn’t a bad receiver. He’s the longest tenured kick returner the Ravens have ever had and he still holds most of the records in the return game for Baltimore.