Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis visited the NFL Network studios Monday to talk about the United Athletes Foundation and Shad Ireland, the first kidney dialysis patient to complete the Ironman triathlon.
When you think about Lewis, it's hard not to think about his place not only as one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history but also as one of the greatest University of Miami players.
So I took some time to ask him about the greatest Hurricanes ever.
"It's impossible to really say who the greatest is without talking about all of the different eras," Lewis said. "And even then, I can't do it."
Bonus - Ted Hendricks: Said Lewis, "His wisdom was everything. He just knew how to play the game."
And without further ado ...
6. Edgerrin James
James, who led the NFL in rushing his first two years in the league, is the Colts' all-time leading rusher and a member of the all-decade team for the 2000s. Said Lewis: "I never saw somebody run the ball with such an ability to shift and change direction. So I called him 'Easy.'"
3. Jerome Brown
Brown was a dominant defensive tackle, but he might be most well-known for staging a walkout with his Hurricanes teammates during a dinner with Penn State players before the 1987 Fiesta Bowl. Said Lewis: "He was the forefather before Sapp. He set the path in motion for Miami football. He was the trend-setter."
1. Sean Taylor
Said Lewis: "He broke all of the rules. It was amazing how good he was. He shouldn't have been able to do the things that he did. He had the size, speed and range. He was the complete package. We lost him way too early."