Top 10 Baltimore Ravens in NFL History
They quickly gained more playoff success in the Super Bowl era than they ever had in Cleveland. Today I rank the top 10 Baltimore Ravens of all time.
10. Matt Stover
He is one of the most productive kickers in league history.
Matt Stover joined the Ravens when the Browns moved to Baltimore. In 2000, the Ravens failed to score an offensive touchdown in five straight games in which Stover scored all the team's points during that drought. He also helped the team win Super Bowl XXXV beating his former team the Giants. In his 13 seasons in Baltimore, he recorded 18 game winning field goals and hold every major kicking record in team history.
Stover spent his final season in Indianapolis before retiring. He was a 2000 pro bowler and All-Pro, two time Super Bowl champion, is the NFL's fifth leading scorer, and holds the league record for most consecutive PAT's and field goals made.
9. Derrick Mason
He quietly had one of the most productive careers of any wide receiver.
After spending eight seasons in Tennessee, Derrick Mason signed with Baltimore in 2005. He quickly became the team's most productive receiver amassing over 1,000 yards in his four of his six seasons with the team. Mason is the only player in league history with 10,000 receiving yards and 5,000 return yards in a career. He also holds nearly every Ravens receiving record and holds the NFL record for most kick return yards in a season.
Mason spent his final season with the Jets and Texans before retiring after 2011. He was a 2000 All-Pro, three time pro bowler, the Ravens all time leading receiver. In his career, Mason recorded over 900 receptions for over 12,000 yards and 66 touchdowns.
8. Chris McAllister
He quietly had one of the most productive careers of any cornerback.
A first round pick in 1999, Chris McAllister had a productive rookie year intercepting five passes and defending 13 passes and making the all rookie team. In the 2000 season, he intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown in a game against the Jets to help the team make the playoffs. In Super Bowl XXXV, McAllister intercepted Kerry Collins to help seal the Baltimore victory. He also held the NFL record for longest scoring play with a 107 missed field goal returned for a touchdown. In his 10 seasons in Baltimore, McAllister recorded 26 interceptions and scored five touchdowns.
McAllister spent his final season in New Orleans before retiring in 2009. He was a three time pro bowler, two time All-Pro, and Super Bowl champion.
7. Haloti Ngata
He is one of the best 3-4 defensive lineman playing today.
A first round pick in 2006, Haloti Ngata quickly proved himself as a versatile threat on the defensive line. He proved to be an excellent run stopper, pass rusher, and zone coverage man. His athleticism has allowed him to play every position on the defensive line. Ngata has been most productive as a nose tackle and his play helped the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII. In his eight seasons in Baltimore, he has recorded over 400 tackles, 23.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and three interceptions.
Ngata continues to prove that he is one of the finest nose tackles playing today. He has been a five time pro bowler and All-Pro, Super Bowl champion, and will continue to have success for however long he remains a Raven.
6. Peter Boulware
He was the franchise's first great pass rusher.
A first round pick in 1997, Peter Boulware made an instant impact as a rookie recording 12 sacks and was named the defensive rookie of the year. He would play for the Ravens for eight years while quietly become one of the leagues most consistent pass rushing linebacker. Boulware would become the Ravens all time sack leader while helping the team win Super Bowl XXXV as a member of one of the best linebacking corps in NFL history.
Boulware retired after 2005 due to injuries and to pursue a career in politics. He was a 1999 All-Pro, four time pro bowler, and led the AFC in sacks in 2001.
5. Jamal Lewis
He is one of the most underrated running backs of the 2000's.
There have been seven running backs who have rushed for 2,000 yards in a season and Jamal Lewis is by far the least memorable of the bunch. While he was never regarded as the best running back in the league Lewis put up more than 1,000 yards in five of his seven seasons in Baltimore. Even more remarkable is what he accomplished after tearing his ACL in 2001. The following season. Lewis totaled over 1,300 yards and then broke the 2,000-yard mark in 2003. While he might not wind up in the Hall of Fame, Lewis deserves to be remembered as the greatest running back in franchise history.
Lewis spent his final three seasons in Cleveland before retiring after 2009. He finished his career as a 2003 All-Pro and pro bowler, a member of the 2000's all decade team, and had over 10,000 rushing yards and 58 touchdowns.
4. Terrell Suggs
He is the teams best pass rusher in their history.
A first round pick in 2003, Terrell Suggs made an instant impact setting an NFL record with a sack in his first four games while being named the defensive rookie of the years. He has continued his success as a pass rushing ranking towards the top of sack list while also developing skills as a run stopper and cover man. In 2011, Suggs was named the defensive player of the year after leading the AFC in sacks. After missing the first half of the 2012 season with an injury, he came back strong in the postseason helping Baltimore win Super Bowl XLVII.
In his 11 seasons in Baltimore, Suggs has been a six time pro bowler, two time All-Pro, and Super Bowl champion. He is the Ravens all time leader in sacks with 94.5 and forced fumbles with 27.
3. Ed Reed
He is arguably the best playmaking safety in NFL history.
While he has been praised for the majority of his career he still doesn't get enough credit. Ed Reed is one of the best safeties of all time not just because he rarely gets beat, but because of his ability to change the game. Reed is the NFL's all-time leader in interception return yards, and that should never be overlooked. He doesn't just get the ball back, he flips the field and puts the offense in scoring position. Reed will most likely be the third Raven to be inducted into the Hall of Fame behind Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis.
Reed left Baltimore after the 2012 season recording 61 interceptions and scoring 13 touchdowns in his 11 seasons in Baltimore. He was a nine time pro bowler, eight time All-Pro, the 2004 defensive player of the year, led the league in interceptions three times, led the league in return yards twice, and a Super Bowl champion.
2. Jonathan Ogden
He is one of the best blindside tackles in NFL history.
The team's first ever draft pick in 1996, Jonathan Ogden quickly became the teams most dominant player on offense. During his career, he caught two passes for two touchdowns and also also recovered 7 fumbles and recorded 10 tackles. At 6' 9", Ogden was the tallest player in the NFL during his 12 year career. He helped protect his quarterbacks as one of the best pass blocking left tackles in league history and helped Jamal Lewis rush for over 2,000 yards in 2003.
Ogden retired after the 2007 season as an 11 time pro bowler, nine time All-Pro, a member of the 2000's all decade team, and Super Bowl champion. He was the first fulltime Raven to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.
1. Ray Lewis
I know what you're thinking. I've already called him one of the most overrated players in league history. But he is still the greatest Raven ever.
A first round pick in 1996, Ray Lewis was a fixture at middle linebacker for his entire career. His leadership and ability to motivate his teammates allow him to be considered as one of the greatest ever to play the position. In 2000, Lewis led a defense which many call the greatest in NFL history for a single season. The team set a 16 game single season record for fewest points allowed and fewest rushing yards allowed while helping the team win Super Bowl XXXV. In his final season, he helped the team win their second Super Bowl. In his 17 seasons, he has amassed over 2,000 tackles 41.5 sacks, 31 interceptions, and three touchdowns. He was the last player remaining from the inaugural team to retire.
Lewis retired in 2012 as a 13 time pro bowler, 10 time All-Pro, two time defensive player of the year, and two time Super Bowl champion. While it can be argued that his statistics are exaggerated, his impact from a motivational and leadership standpoint is undeniable.